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: Please explain
by umccullough on Tue 30th Mar 2010 00:06 UTC in reply to "Please explain"
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This concept of Sony losing money when a purchaser doesn't buy games really does my head in. They might be losing money on the sale of a console, yeah maybe.

Just to clarify - this was the way it worked for initially, and for several years thereafter. I believe this "problem" has mostly been resolved with cheaper parts and manufacturing costs now.

The idea was probably to lose money on each console initially, gain market share, and then make up for it in game licensing and peripherals later.

I still doubt they really consider console sales to be a huge benefit to their bottom line, it's really all about the games.

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