190w ago - With the PS3 Firmware 3.30 update, Sony has introduced a new Terms Of Service and User Agreement - Version 6.0 (April 21, 2010).
The most interesting is paragraph 11, to cite:
11. MAINTENANCE AND UPGRADES
From time to time, it may become necessary for SCEA to provide certain content to you to ensure that Sony Online Services and content offered through Sony Online Services, your PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system or other SCEA-authorized hardware is functioning properly in accordance with SCEA guidelines.
Some content may be provided automatically without notice when you sign in. Such content may include automatic updates or upgrades which may change your current operating system, cause a loss of data or content or cause a loss of functionalities or utilities.
Such upgrades or updates may be provided for system software for your PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, or other SCEA-authorized hardware. Access or use to any system software is subject to terms and conditions of a separate end user license agreement found at http://www.us.playstation.com/termsofuse.
You authorize SCEA to provide such content and agree that SCEA shall not be liable for any damages, loss of data or loss of functionalities arising from provision of such content or maintenance services. It is recommended that you regularly back up any archivable data located on the hard disk.
Is it just me, or is Sony trying to cover their bottoms?
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I definitely smell a law suite, silent updating with possible loss of data... and we are supposed to back up our data... If I remember correctly you can't backup all data so you might still loose some.
And according to law there's a limit on what you can legally expect users to do. Backup with lots of games on the disks takes for hours...
now if you are angry about it do something about it do some research learn what you need to try and crack the ps3... and why are people today so online addicted? how did i ever survive my childhood playing nintendo, playstation and sega single player game and 2 player splitscreen? why are all these things dead in gaming today?
Because online gaming has taken over peoples minds its like thats the only thing most people who play games cares about any more. I remember a time when you played games for fun or for an engaging story, not to earn trophies or achievements or or play online with people you didnt know. no it was for fun you got you and 4 of your greatest buddies together to see who was top dawg against the hardest AI, it was playing through a story and at the end feeling like you were satisfied like you accomplished something.
i don't know maybe the days from when i was a kid are gone and we are forced to live in a crazy world of streaming background updates and random hardware sweeps... they are pushing us and we have to show them that we arnt going to take it we are not going to lay down and let them turn off features on our system that we bought just so that they can feel secure that a little bit of money off the top will be protected.
but you know the risk, if you don't update your software then you wont be allowed access to psn... come on we have known this for some time, thats the way the system was originally designed it will ask you if you want to update then if you refuse you get cut off from psn till you do update. we have known this and accepted this for a long time its just the way it is.
if Sony can just spy into your system its kinda a "big-brother" deal nobody wins. this will only push someone, assuming that someone manages to hack the ps3 and release a CFW, to try and create there own version of PSN creating a sort of "BlackCell" network instead of psn and maybe even a store where they can offer free downloads of games. (or they could charge for them, they did create a Network/store system for people who wanted hacked ps3s to use)
whilst perusing the official PlayStation forums i found this little fabrication of the imagination about the new 3.30 update amidst the complaint forums that are saying that its causing massive hardware failure:
and think about it all because they removed otheros the hacking scene was reignited even if it was only for a brief instant.