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 saidge@yahoo.com on Mon 29th Mar 2010 14:24 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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Sony is a company that is tied very closely to the entertainment industry. They are also a company with very deep pockets. I'm sure they've made promises to partners in the entertainment industry (or have contractual obligations) to protect the IP of media stored or run on their systems. With the linux sandbox being circumvented in order to reach the main system... I assume they judged that breaching the trust of a relatively small group of consumers (compared to those who use all of their products, and on a lesser scale, compared to those who use their consoles without the need for linux) vs. breaching the trust of their partners and breaking contracts would prove much more costly.

It's evil. But their hands are tied if they want to stay a big dog in entertainment.

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