Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Apr 2010 21:21 UTC, submitted by Jim Lynch
Games A different take on Sony's removal of the Other OS feature of fat PS3s. "The reality probably is that Sony loses money on every PS3 it sells, counting on game sales to make up for the loss in revenue. Academic institutions using PS3s for clusters aren't likely to buy games or engage in online commerce. That's why, when you hear that the US military was planning to buy 2200 PS3 consoles to upgrade an existing PS3-based supercomputing cluster, Sony doesn't jump for joy. I suspect it was news like this, plus other sales for clustering, that prompted Sony to turn off the 'Other OS' feature for existing PS3s."
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RE: Limited availability
by Mage66 on Tue 6th Apr 2010 18:44 UTC in reply to "Limited availability"
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I don't think procurement of spares and spare parts will be a problem. There are way too many units out there for it to be a problem for some time to come.

And, you have no idea how many of those 2200 uniys are slated as spares/spare parts donors.

NASA is still scouring eBay for old 1980's hardware to keep the shuttles running, as much of the test equipment is based on that stuff.

And that stuff is much rarer than a PS3 is going to be for decades at least.

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