169w ago - Update: Sony's Geoff Levand has now confirmed, to quote: "SCE is committed to continue the support for previously sold models that have the 'Install Other OS' feature and that this feature will not be disabled in future firmware releases."
According to Owen Stampflee, a Linux Product Manager at Fixstars Corporation, Sony will remove OtherOS in the next PS3 Firmware update due to the recent GeoHot PS3 Hack.
Although this comes as no surprise to PlayStation 3 Slim owners, where OtherOS is already removed, it would contradict Sony's previous statement to standard PS3 owners.
To quote: "Everyone,
I've caught a rumor from a reputable source that the next firmware update for old PS3s will remove the OtherOS feature...
I'm not sure if it's true or not but it's in the best interest of the YDL community to spread the word.
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The only way to downgrade at this time with a mod-chip is using the Infectus Mod, but as confirmed HERE it does not work from PS3 Firmware 2.10 onward so basically on newer PS3 Firmware versions you can't.
I completely agree with you, all this while, us fans/fanboys, could say how amazing sony/ps3 was as they dont have any online charges, web browsing, youtube watching etc.
Now sony may say that you will need to pay for the "special features" such as X-game chatt but thats just being greedy because it could have and i believe should have been a free update. How are they any different from MS charging for dumb DLC's.
If this is what Sony has become because of their larger market size than I am not a fan anymore. You are taking your loyal customers as fools Sony, that is just aweful. As for the otherOS and linux piracy, i really dont pay much attention on it.
Agree with this comment and feel exactly the same, Sony is just screwing us now that their market share has grown. End all the MS hating cause Sony is no different.