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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RE: Comment by Kroc
by henderson101 on Mon 29th Mar 2010 14:10 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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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".

You can still do this. It is called a Personal Computer. Look at the Atari/Coleco/Intelivision consoles of a similar era. None supported the above either.

Imagine what would be possible if you could plug in a keyboard and mouse into [..] a Wii and everything was available to you.

You can. I've done this. Even without Homebrew, the Wii will surf the web, has some kind of Flash and will play (in the UK) BBC iPlayer content directly on the console. Pretty sweet. The iPlayer interface is better than the one on other platforms (Virgin Cable/FreeView/Web) and snappy, given the relative sluggishness of the console.

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