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
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2005-07-06

I think they are indeed scared of some security concern. It wasn't long ago that someone (geohot) found a way to use the OtherOS functionality to gain access to the hypervisor. With that knowledge I'm sure more and more is being learned about the inner workings of the PS3, and ways to circumvent the copy-protection mechanism are being devised.

I think Sony is probably just attacking the problem the best way they know - lock down as many machines as they can now, and hope that it minimizes the damage later.


Good point, but Sony being scared is one thing, removing a feature that client bought is another thing completely. And that's what pi*ss PS3 user today.

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Good point, but Sony being scared is one thing, removing a feature that client bought is another thing completely. And that's what pi*ss PS3 user today.


FWIW, I just checked and geohot has posted a couple blog posts about this today, notably this one:

http://geohotps3.blogspot.com/2010/03/wait-you-are-removing-feature...

Some of his posts are at least interesting reading ;)

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