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 nt_jerkface on Mon 29th Mar 2010 16:23 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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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;

That would just result in widespread piracy. When it comes to game consoles pirates have always outnumbered tinkerers. Sony sells its console at a loss and makes up for it with game sales. Allowing total access would just make it the preferred platform for pirates. Sony could care less about hardware sales that go to people who have no intention of buying games.

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