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: a knee-jurk reaction?
by apoclypse on Tue 30th Mar 2010 04:21 UTC in reply to "a knee-jurk reaction?"
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The only reason that the PS3 was sold as a home computer was for tax reasons. The PS3 is not a home computer, never was. They tried to pull the same thing with the PS2 and while that could run linux, using it as a computer was a very big stretch. Apparently there is some kind of tax break, or some import incentive of some sort that makes classifying the console as a computer viable. Don't remember what it is at the moment, but I know that Sony has tried to use it several times before.

Either way those looking to replace the console in the future are screwed. The Slim locks down the hypervisor anyway, so the ability is gone on the newer models. You will have to buy your console second hand or hope you find an old 80GB on sale somewhere.

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