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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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#68 - StakFallT - 224w ago
I disagree, PSN titles are harder than your average retail XD compare a lot of people's list and more often than not there will be more plats than 100%'s on PSN titles =P like trash panic im always shocked if someone has 3+ in that game...

but also its far cheaper/better to rent, family video for instance half off (10 usd a month) 3.50 cents for 5 days... and on average i can get 50%+ easily which is more than any PSN title
(Sorry for long post, not exactly a simple issue though , er I guess I should say a simple solution)

I dunno... Because of the inadvertent trophy-whor3'ing that I personally have seen, the only way I forsee the trophy system actually being brought back into balance using the system in place now is, to have psn titles worth less than retail games. My reasoning behind that is this: If I buy a 60 dollar game, there's a 50/50 chance (Without really diving into stats) that I will plat it.

If I buy a psn title, while on average they may be harder (Though I have seen -some- psn titles that were pretty easy), I could buy 5 psn titles, now I have 5 chances to get a game that's plat'able. So let's say 1 of the 5s I'll plat, so now not only did I plat one, but I also have 4 other games to squeeze trophies out of, so I'm -really- ahead of the game (no pun intended). If most of the stuff I play is retail based, I have to work FAR harder to reach the same amount of trophies, or be far luckier with trophies that are really, in a practical sense, doable.

Granted that's a simplistic view of it, there's many other factors involved for both sides, but that's the way I see it; the lists I see are basically spammed with bronze and silver trophies. I think rentals should also fall into this category too for the same reason, I just don't know how rentals could be fixed, since those are basically just retails being played at a lower cost.

I think what speaks louder is a player buying a 60 dollar game and squeezing out as many trophies as they can. The solution proposed though is kinda defeats the true purpose of trophies being used as bragging rights though. Since now it's more about preventing trophy spamming via a financial avenue, rather than removing cost out of the whole picture (which I don't know could be done) and awarding based solely on talent.

Which I guess is the way it is now, except there's still that element of spending 50-60 bucks on 5+ psn titles vs. 50-60 bucks on a single title. Which is why I keep going back to the fundamentals of the whole trophy system is really screwed up imho. But I digress from the thread's topic. My apologies.

xUb3rn00dlEx's Avatar
#67 - xUb3rn00dlEx - 224w ago
After reading most of the posts (and pardon me if someone already stated this) I am getting sick and tired of people complaining about how piracy killed the PSP. It's been gone over before in other threads, and will undoubtedly continue in this endless loop. Piracy did not kill the PSP, crap for games did. Argue all you want, it's a tired and never ending story that gets old really fast.

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#66 - victorinox - 224w ago
ok I stand corrected then. I knew of exceptions like Pain, but didn't know there were others. (Though I still think Pain takes the award for the worst trophy requirements ever). I based my belief on the fact that Flower was fairly easy to plat on. Even though, still, someone mentioned that the level calculation is off, which could be I'm at 6 I think, so I don't know what it does after 10.

I do know that the cost of the PSN games, even though their trophies (you have shown) are equally as much a PITA, they are far cheaper, making it easier to trophy spam your account. I think a better ultimate/overall calculation would be how many of the games in your trophy list are plat'ed, not ok well this person got 1 silver here, 1 silver there, 1 silver there, so forth and so on; because under that model it's whoever has the most money to spend on games they throw away basically.
I disagree, PSN titles are harder than your average retail XD compare a lot of people's list and more often than not there will be more plats than 100%'s on PSN titles =P like trash panic im always shocked if someone has 3+ in that game...

but also its far cheaper/better to rent, family video for instance half off (10 usd a month) 3.50 cents for 5 days... and on average i can get 50%+ easily which is more than any PSN title

Ensokusha's Avatar
#65 - Ensokusha - 224w ago
They should have released this apology at the same time they released the update. Not that I'd be any happier about it, but it'd lessen the blow. As it stands though, this is too little too late.
Also: A late apology like this IMHO has some undertone to it. To me it reads like: "Yea, we realized we messed up, but because we think turning back on something is a discgrace we'll just have to get through this."

waleed's Avatar
#64 - waleed - 224w ago
piracy sells consoles, here in the arab world people get the 360 not the ps3.

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