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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by 3rdalbum on Tue 30th Mar 2010 04:59 UTC
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Let me just start this post with this:

"Boo hoo. A bunch of people who were never going to buy PS3s and who said they'd never buy a PS3 after the Slim models came out, are now never going to buy one."

(Posted on another forum, not my words).

In reality, the content producers and game developers never liked the Other OS ability of the PS3. They were concerned that it would lead to the ability to pirate content. Sony was also concerned, but liked the positive PR of having its consoles used in computing clusters; "The PS3 is a supercomputer!".

Now that the Other OS feature has been used as the beginnings of an attempt to pirate games, developers have been threatening not to release PS3-exclusive games, and media partners have been talking about leaving Sony's various media platforms (not just the PS3; their other devices will have streaming content too). Sony had a choice: Piss off their game developers and put their future gadgetry plans in jeopardy, or remove the Other OS feature from their PS3s.

So, understandably, they did the latter.

I'm sure we'll still see Yellow Dog Linux on the PS3 through a licensed bootloader/installer disc, but unfortunately for other distros you'll just have to blame the pirates. The Other OS feature would have continued in the older PS3s had it not been for the efforts of the pirates.

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