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Sony Apologizes for OtherOS Removal due to PS3 Piracy Concerns

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246w 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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#53 - SiZMiK - 246w ago
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Would love to see Geohot issue an appology for making a cfw and hacking their machine. I mean Sony seems to think a simple appology makes everything alright. So he should issue the same lol.

#52 - Link14 - 246w ago
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Ooooh Sony is too nice ! It's too kind !

What a joke... >.< I made this update, I had no choice... I hope that downgrade will appear, as it appears on PSP.

#51 - Jes03 - 246w ago
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"due to PS3 Piracy Concerns"

They are creating pirates more than removing them.

I was never going to do any hacks to my PS3 but now I'm willing to try whatever comes out.

#50 - superste2201 - 246w ago
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The point is i own my PS3, i brought it to play games, use linux and have a mediahub. Now i can't do linux? WTF, i paid to have that. I own my PS3 and it will do what i tell it !

#49 - Siggy12 - 246w ago
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I'm asking.....
what I'm going to do with the SONY apologizes...........
Ummmhhhh.....!!!!!!!!!! let me think..........!!!!!!!!!!
ah OK!!!!!! NOW I know ........
(10 minutes later.....)
my ass is cleaned now.... thanks SONY!!!!!!!!!


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