Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Mar 2010 12:59 UTC, submitted by NiceGuyEddie
Games The PlayStation 3 Slim already had an ability penalty of -35 Geekiness because of its lack of the "Install Other OS" option, and now the regular PlayStation 3 will follow in its footsteps. A PS3 firmware update, scheduled to land April 1, will disable this option on regular PS3s as well. This, dear readers, is what we in the business call a "testicle move", especially since only a few weeks ago, Sony bold-facedly claimed the feature would not be removed.
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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Mon 29th Mar 2010 13:59 UTC
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I find it sad that our games consoles don’t come with the ability for us to do with them as we please. Just look at the lifetime, success and market that grew up around the Commodore 64 just because when you switched it on it said "Ready".

Imagine what would be possible if you could plug in a keyboard and mouse into a PS3 or a Wii and everything was available to you. There is no question in my mind that Sony could increase sales by an order of magnitude if the console was open to hacking; and I’m not just talking about selling it to people who want to tinker, I’m referring to the ecosystem that would build up around the computer. Books, websites, developer tools, distribution channels, rights to innovative games.

Both Sony and Nintendo are being very narrow minded.

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