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PS3 Firmware Update Shows How Retailers Can Be Exposed

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245w ago - Sony recently stated that it will not compensate retailers who refund customers because of a PS3 Firmware update to its PlayStation 3 entertainment system.

The change prevents the machine from using alternative operating systems, which it was previously able to do. Some owners installed the Linux operating system, allowing them to use their consoles as desktop computers as well as games machines.

Consumer law protects the buyers of goods if their functions change, but retailers generally cannot pass those claims on to the device makers who made the change, according to Richard Parkinson, a technology lawyer with Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind OUT-LAW.COM.

To quote: Press reports indicate that one consumer received a refund for his console from online retailer Amazon. Sony itself has said that it will not reimburse retailers who do so.

The company told reporters that the machine's main function was as a gaming console, and that an ability to run the Linux operating system is not explicitly mentioned on its packaging. Others have claimed, though, that a feature called "Install Other OS" was listed in Sony's promotional material.

"The retailer has...
 

PS3 Firmware 3.21 Update Arrives, It Only Does Less Than It Did!

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247w ago - As scheduled, today the PS3 Firmware 3.21 update is available for download and as Sony previously confirmed it disables the OtherOS functionality in an effort to make the PlayStation 3 entertainment system more secure.

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PS3 hacker GeoHot ([Register or Login to view links] to [Register or Login to view links]) has promised a solution to those who hold off updating their console which may include PS3 Custom Firmware alongside a [Register or Login to view links] open-source PS3 RSX driver rumored to be in development.

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GeoHot: Don't Update to 3.21, Promises PS3 Custom Firmware

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248w ago - Today infamous PS3 hacker GeoHot has blogged that users should not update their PS3 entertainment systems to PS3 Firmware v3.21 when it is released this Thursday as it will disable the OtherOS functionality, and as incentive not to update he has promised the very community he isn't sharing details on how to dump lv2 with that he will work on a solution which could include PS3 Custom Firmware.

To quote: "A note to people interested in the exploit and retaining OtherOS support, DO NOT UPDATE. When 3.21 comes out, I will look into a safe way of updating to retain OtherOS support, perhaps something like Hellcat's Recovery Flasher. I never intended to touch CFW, but if that's how you want to play...

Two things, some people seem to think CFW will enable some sort of piracy. It won't. It'll just be a custom version of 3.21 that doesn't lose OtherOS support. Hacking isn't about getting what you didn't pay for, it's about making sure you do get what you did.

And this is about more than this feature right now. It's about whether these companies have the right to take away advertised features from a product you purchased. Imagine if an exploit were found in Safari on the iPhone, but instead...
 

Rumor: PS3 3D Firmware Update to Arrive on June 10, 2010

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250w ago - Update: Today SCEJ has [Register or Login to view links] the rumor, as discovered by [Register or Login to view links], along with the initial PS3 3D titles previously announced.

Just under a month ago we reported on an upcoming PS3 Firmware update that includes a 3D video output option, and today Japanese site [Register or Login to view links] claim that it will arrive on June 10, 2010.

To quote: "The update, which we're assuming will coincide with the launch of the LX900 television, will also unlock 3D Blu-ray movie viewing.

You'll need a compatible set (and those glasses) to see the 3D, though."

For those curious, PS3 Devs have confirmed that Debug update 3.20 weighs in at 149 MB (156,756,437 bytes) and that 3.21 is also already making its rounds... hopefully a leak will follow, eh?
 

PS3 Debug Firmware Update 3.15 Arrives for Test Consoles

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255w ago - Last week PS3 Debug Firmware 3.10 was made available following some older revisions, and today PS3 Debug Firmware Update 3.15 has been added to our PlayStation 3 Downloads section for Test consoles.

Download: PS3 Debug Firmware Update 3.15

This latest PS3 Debug / Test update comes courtesy of a member who wishes to remain anonymous - THANKS for sharing with the community!!

For those curious, in addition to the PSP Emulator Details that are no longer hidden in PS3 Debug Firmware 3.15 comes support for Sony's Data Transfer Utility and of course PS3 / PSP Minis.

As always, if you (or someone you know) has access to other PS3 Debug Firmware updates, or any other related PlayStation 3 files of interest, feel free to Contact Us.
 
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