Sony to ditch OtherOS in newest firmware

If it wasn’t already disappointing when Sony removed backward compatibility support on the PS3 awhile back, things may get slightly more disappointing.  Sony has announced that their latest firmware (scheduled to be released on April 1st) will not add much, but it will indeed remove OtherOS.

Owners of the newer slim model PS3 systems have nothing to worry about as Sony never included this function in them.  However, everyone who owns a PS3 before the slim models are going to find this feature missing if they decide to take the update.  Firmware v3.21 is scheduled to roll out on April 1st and it doesn’t appear that this will be a fancy April Fool’s Day joke.  Patrick Seybold had this to say on Sony’s official blog:

“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.”

Ah, security concerns.  This is obviously a reference to the vulnerability that GeoHot found when he decided to take on the PS3.  While not much has come from it just yet, Sony has made it very clear that they are worried about it by acting this way and disabling the OtherOS feature.  There’s always a choice though, and you don’t have to accept the newest firmware unless you want to play online games or use PSN.  Talk about a cock block huh?

Either way, it’s a real shame that Sony is taking yet another feature away that they were so proud of years ago.  I think I’ll be waiting for awhile before taking the update because personally, I like to have all the features that were advertised me… and because of this, I’m actually more interesting in what GeoHot has come up with.  Thanks Sony!



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