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[2]: a knee-jurk reaction?
by boldingd on Tue 30th Mar 2010 16:24 UTC in reply to "RE: a knee-jurk reaction?"
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Sega tried that line with the Dreamcast, too, claiming that since it had a web-browser and a built-int 56K modem, it was more than just a game console, but arguably a home entertainment center, and maybe even a modest personal computer. I'm willing to bet that they where overwhelmingly used for gaming too. ;)

I always assumed it was mostly to comfort parents about buying the thing for their kids. "See, it's not just a video-game console, it's also a media player and web browser... why, it's more like a PC, which will have all kinds of benign, family-centric uses."

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