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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There you go, maybe Sony is tired of loosing money to people running PS3 as Linux PC or in cluster and probably never buying a single game. Maybe those prople should invest in a CellBE Server, even if it cost more. I would define that as "improper" use of the PS3.

Right, which is probably part of the reason why they removed it from the Slims... but we're not talking about that. Think about it:

1) PS3 cluster users don't need to access PSN, so there's no reason for them to update to the new firmware.

2) There's no threat to Sony's bottom line for regular gamers who *might* use the PS3 for Linux, because they're still buying games.

So, why would Sony remove the feature for older consoles now? What would they gain?

I think they are indeed scared of some security concern. It wasn't long ago that someone (geohot) found a way to use the OtherOS functionality to gain access to the hypervisor. With that knowledge I'm sure more and more is being learned about the inner workings of the PS3, and ways to circumvent the copy-protection mechanism are being devised.

I think Sony is probably just attacking the problem the best way they know - lock down as many machines as they can now, and hope that it minimizes the damage later.

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