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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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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tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

The people who founded your democracy would shake their heads at the fact that you seem to be confusing commercial transactions with political freedom.

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Odwalla Member since:
2006-02-01



Edited 2010-03-30 00:31 UTC

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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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truckweb Member since:
2005-07-06

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.


There you go, maybe Sony is tired of loosing money to people running PS3 as Linux PC or in cluster and probably never buying a single game. Maybe those prople should invest in a CellBE Server, even if it cost more. I would define that as "improper" use of the PS3.

I do make a difference between Joe User who play with Linux once in a while on their PS3 and also play game.

But Cell developer, or enterprise users, who use the machine only for apps and number crunching, should buy a real CellBE Server.

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