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PS3 Firmware 3.21 Coming April 1st, Disables OtherOS Feature!


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235w ago - Today Sony's Sr. Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold has confirmed that PS3 Firmware update 3.21 is coming on April 1, 2010 and will disable the OtherOS feature!

To quote: The next system software update for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system will be released on April 1, 2010 (JST), and will disable the "Install Other OS" feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models, launched in September 2009.

This feature enabled users to install an operating system, but due to security concerns, Sony Computer Entertainment will remove the functionality through the 3.21 system software update.

In addition, disabling the "Other OS" feature will help ensure that PS3 owners will continue to have access to the broad range of gaming and entertainment content from SCE and its content partners on a more secure system.

Consumers and organizations that currently use the "Other OS" feature can choose not to upgrade their PS3 systems, although the following features will no longer be available;

• Ability to sign in to PlayStation Network and use network features that require signing in to PlayStation Network, such as online features of PS3 games and chat
• Playback of PS3 software titles or Blu-ray Disc videos that require PS3 system software version 3.21 or later
• Playback of copyright-protected videos that are stored on a media server (when DTCP-IP is enabled under Settings)
• Use of new features and improvements that are available on PS3 system software 3.21 or later

For those PS3 users who are currently using the "Other OS" feature but choose to install the system software update, to avoid data loss they first need to back-up any data stored within the hard drive partition used by the "Other OS," as they will not be able to access that data following the update.

Additional information about PS3 firmware updates, including v3.21 (once it becomes available), can be found here: http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps3/index.htm

PS3 owners who have further questions should contact Consumer Services: http://us.playstation.com/support/ask/

800-345-7669 (800-345-SONY)





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semitope's Avatar
#94 - semitope - 235w ago
Quote Originally Posted by loader187 View Post
My honest opinion is the only bad thing about this is if it is going to ruin hacking abilities than it sucks however, if you dont want to upgrade to 3.21 than buy another PS3 for online and gaming and use the Linux one for all your other stuff.

DO NOT buy another PS3. Don't support this BS. Just stop buying their games and move on... if you can.

zefie's Avatar
#93 - zefie - 235w ago
Sadly it is true, as my internal contact has confirmed. Also he didn't say, but he didn't seem to hot about the idea himself, but he doesn't have any say over it.

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#92 - ninjaihawk - 235w ago
Quote Originally Posted by Studs View Post
So IF i don't update, i cant go onto PSN and can't play on line. So what also happens when i want to contribute on Folding home app (which i do on a regular basis?? I cant sign in because a dont want to update..so i cant contribute to the folding home community??

Thats not what i signed up for! I can see me gettin another 360 as my ps3 cant do everything it used to be able to do!

Of course you can! I've been doing it in linux for years... so just use linux! You download a package, and execute the file in a shell and it goes.

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#91 - hunterrr - 235w ago
Well i have 4 ps3's so i supppose i can keep 2 of them not updated

now we need to find a bypass theres already a new bypass method for games i suppose one is possible for FW?

Studs's Avatar
#90 - Studs - 235w ago
So IF i don't update, i cant go onto PSN and cant play on line. So what also happens when i want to contribute on Folding home app (which i do on a regular basis?? I cant sign in because a dont want to update.. so i can't contribute to the folding home community??

Thats not what i signed up for! I can see me gettin another 360 as my ps3 cant do everything it used to be able to do!

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