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Sony Apologizes for OtherOS Removal due to PS3 Piracy Concerns


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224w ago - Despite some refunds being granted, today Sony UK has officially apologized for the OtherOS removal in the recently released PS3 Firmware 3.21 update citing PS3 piracy concerns as the underlying factor.

To quote from Sony's official statement to Thinq.co.uk (linked above):

"We are sorry if users of Linux or other operating systems are disappointed by our decision to issue a firmware upgrade which when installed disables this operating system feature.

We have made the decision to protect the integrity of the console and whilst mindful of the impact on Linux or other operating system users we nevertheless felt it would be in the best interests of the majority of users to pursue this course of action.

As you will be aware we have upgraded and enhanced functionality and features of the console by numerous firmware upgrades over time and this is a very rare instance where a feature will be disabled. Further enhancements are in the pipeline.

Users do have the choice whether to install the firmware upgrade and this is clearly explained to them at the time the firmware upgrade is made available for installation. Furthermore our terms and conditions clearly state that we have the right to revise the PS3's settings and features in order to prevent access to unauthorised or pirated content."



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oldschool400's Avatar
#78 - oldschool400 - 223w ago
So what does this mean for users that want to keep Linux, but have games that REQUIRE access to the PSN... games like Warhawk and MAG.

makakep's Avatar
#77 - makakep - 223w ago
This is the last breathes before death. Pointless I think.

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#76 - kenshin33 - 223w ago
The removal of other OS definitaly removes a feature and is some what of a loss towards the PS3 functionality. But it really isn't that much of a bad thing. With what happened to the PSP, piracy sky rocketed, and developers just stopped making games, because they weren't making any money. Now that might not happen with the PS3, because games are alot bigger, and the PS3 could possibly be harder to hack. But it could of possibly have reached this point. The removal of other os, while is hated, it may turn out to be a good thing, as we will still have new games to play.

--Comp6.
there exist no causal relationship whatsoever between piracy and loss of interest in the PSP scene (if you try to actualy and calculate if you have any data a correlation factor it would be very low).

The reason that (I or most people out there) would download a game is one of 2 : either I don't intend to buy it to begin with (no lost sale) or I'm interested and there is no demo (I want to try it before I buy it).

Most probabaly the reason why there was so much piracy (if you can say that at all) in the PSP scene is that people are saying that the games are not worth the price asked and that tells a lot ...

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#75 - moneymaker - 223w ago
Yes, I'm also sick of seeing people saying the linux feature was the reason they bought a PS3 over a xblock... really? Before the hypervisor dumps, there was really no reason to have that restricted linux if you were an average ps3 gamer. Even now, if they were to magically restore the feature. Most still wont use it. I seen way too many people complaining it, but now it's gone. People are acting more upset then when they removed the backwards compatibility on the slims...
When you buy a PS3 SLIM you ALREADY knows it doesn't have OtherOS functionality AND doesn't have Backwards Compatibility, BEFORE you buy it, it's quite a different story...

Yeah, GO Sony, keep snipping... I've already "snipped" dreams AND budget for 3DTVs AND eventually PS4...
I don't know why people get mad at a company doing something extreme to prevent a product it sank millions of dollars into making from being compromised on a grand scale. Blame the people who forced them to do something about it. I don't see anyone blaming the dude who slightly hacked it. Guess what? If he didn't do that, you'd still have your OtherOS support.
Blaming what ? GeoHot's findings ? Sure, you know, there are millions of FAT PS3 owners ready to screw like trash their box just to try something like he did on it...

If all the mess GeoHot did to achieve something out of it IT IS necessary to install an HYPOTHETICAL CFW their move it's USELESS. How much life could have the current living installed base of FAT PS3 without proper maintenance ?

How many owners are going to mess up with PCBs, C++ and messing with high risks, HUGE games, slow lines, really expensive BDR and BDR-Writers and a risk of a BIG BAN in two or three years, no sooner EVEN IF POSSIBLE ?? Furthermore shouldn't next-gen be already out at that time ?
If the mess GeoHot did IS NOT necessary to install an HYPOTHETICAL CFW then simply their move is pure MADNESS.

The refrain...

Yeah, GO Sony, keep snipping... I've already "snipped" dreams AND budget for 3DTVs AND eventually PS4...

mblack04's Avatar
#74 - mblack04 - 223w ago
I don't know why people get mad at a company doing something extreme to prevent a product it sank millions of dollars into making from being compromised on a grand scale. Blame the people who forced them to do something about it. I don't see anyone blaming the dude who slightly hacked it. Guess what? If he didn't do that, you'd still have your OtherOS support.

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