191w ago - Update: Sony has now told NowGamer.com that despite widespread reports they have seen no evidence of damage caused by the PS3 Firmware 3.21 update.
Sony has already upset some users by removing the "Install OtherOS" with its PS3 Firmware 3.21 update, and based on reports from the official PlayStation forums a sizable number of PS3 users have run into issues since updating to PlayStation 3 Firmware version 3.21 as well.
Problems after installing the update range from folks not being able to log into PSN or load a disc after the update to users not being able to turn on their PS3 at all - some have even reported freezing during the update process.
Of course, there's also lots of users that have updated without any issues whatsoever, and the problems don't seem to have yet drawn an official response from Sony.
Let us know how things worked out for you in the comments below.
192w ago - For those who didn't update to PS3 Firmware v3.21 yet, here is CodecSys H.264 Encoder API for PS3/OtherOS reversed.
When CodecSys version 1.3 came out I gave it a try and liked the speed you get, just sucks that you're quite limited concerning cropping and stuff, even multiple passes is disabled for the PS3 version.
So I did take a look at it. I usually hate .Net but in this case it made things a lot easier and by a lot I mean a lot. Long things short, I reversed mosted of the api dll which connects to the PS3 and stuff and used it to encode some frames.
Rebooting and stuff works as well, the cecom running on the PS3 seems to be buggy though and doesn't reboot to game_os for me, not even with the original application. Attached source is more or less based on QT, and still a work in progress, just wanted to share it.
192w ago - Today Sony's Sr. Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold has confirmed that PS3 Firmware update 3.21 is coming on April 1, 2010 and will disable the OtherOS feature!
To quote: The next system software update for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system will be released on April 1, 2010 (JST), and will disable the "Install Other OS" feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models, launched in September 2009.
This feature enabled users to install an operating system, but due to security concerns, Sony Computer Entertainment will remove the functionality through the 3.21 system software update.
In addition, disabling the "Other OS" feature will help ensure that PS3 owners will continue to have access to the broad range of gaming and entertainment content from SCE and its content partners on a more secure system.
Consumers and organizations that currently use the "Other OS" feature can choose not to upgrade their PS3 systems, although the following features will no longer be available;
• Ability to sign in to PlayStation Network and use network features that require signing in to PlayStation Network,...
198w ago - Update: Sony's Geoff Levand has now confirmed, to quote: "SCE is committed to continue the support for previously sold models that have the 'Install Other OS' feature and that this feature will not be disabled in future firmware releases."
According to Owen Stampflee, a Linux Product Manager at Fixstars Corporation, Sony will remove OtherOS in the next PS3 Firmware update due to the recent GeoHot PS3 Hack.
Although this comes as no surprise to PlayStation 3 Slim owners, where OtherOS is already removed, it would contradict Sony's previous statement to standard PS3 owners.
To quote: "Everyone,
I've caught a rumor from a reputable source that the next firmware update for old PS3s will remove the OtherOS feature...
I'm not sure if it's true or not but it's in the best interest of the YDL community to spread the word.