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]: "Court room, here I come!"
by WereCatf on Mon 29th Mar 2010 13:15 UTC in reply to "RE: "Court room, here I come!""
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

RTFA! You don't need to update console! If you don't you won't have access to PSN, now how many cluster needs access to PSN?!? I'm sure the 10 guys who use linux and play games are mad now, rest of the world wouldn't care less.

First of all, it makes it impossible to get replacements if one (or more) of the machines in the cluster goes bust.

Secondly, do you really think there's only 10 people who use PS3 for both gaming and Linux? Do a quick Google, go read the comments section on Slashdot.. You can very quickly prove yourself wrong.

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truckweb Member since:
2005-07-06

Hey, big organization using PS3 as cluster probably have some kind of special contract with Sony. I'm sure they don't use plain old Firmware like we do.

This move by Sony is impacting "ordinary" people, geek, who liked to run Linux on a PS3. And that amount to how many users? Do we have stats on this?

I would risk a guess that for 99% of the PS3 users, they use it to play game, PSN, watch movie, and do other multimedia stuff that the PS3 can do.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I would risk a guess that for 99% of the PS3 users, they use it to play game, PSN, watch movie, and do other multimedia stuff that the PS3 can do.


That's not the point. It was advertised as a feature, and as such, removing it like this is a major dick move that should NOT be allowed. I hope Sony gets sued into oblivion over this.

Removing functionality like this is insane. It's sad that we in the west have forgotten what freedom and ownership of goods is all about. The people who founded the democracies we live in would shake their heads if they knew what's going on in today's world.

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Hey, big organization using PS3 as cluster probably have some kind of special contract with Sony. I'm sure they don't use plain old Firmware like we do.


And you'd be wrong. The most appealing reason that PS3s are chosen for clusters is because they are cheaper than purchasing CellBE-based servers such as those made by IBM. This is largely due to Sony's subsidized console pricing, where for many years they were losing money on every console sale with the assumption that they would make it up in game licensing, etc.

PS3 clusters are built with standard retail machines. In order to purchase these directly from Sony with a special contract negotiation, it would actually cost more. At that point, you're better off using a CellBE blade server where you can access all the cores without any funny limitations, and get better power/performance ratios.

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Karitku Member since:
2006-01-12

First of all, it makes it impossible to get replacements if one (or more) of the machines in the cluster goes bust.

Rubbish it's a bloody cluster with basicly Linux machines, just because you can't replace it with PS3 doesn't mean you can't replace it with something else. Also if you are so fricking moron that go buy GAME MACHINE as cluster machine without ANY SERVICE AGREEMENT it's your bloody loss. Keep mind this isn't consumer to business instead of B2B which has totally DIFFERENT RULES.

Secondly, do you really think there's only 10 people who use PS3 for both gaming and Linux? Do a quick Google, go read the comments section on Slashdot.. You can very quickly prove yourself wrong.


Oh please, most of those commentors have never even used Linux, they just share there opinnion because one there friend said Linux is freaking awesome. Sony probaply knew how big demand was and it was fricking small compared to possible damages.

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