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]: Reasons
by 3rdalbum on Tue 30th Mar 2010 10:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Reasons"
3rdalbum
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2008-05-26

Whoa... do you want to calm down before you type, next time?

Sony wanted Other OS; it's a good marketing point to say that the processing power of your console is so high that universities are using it as part of a supercomputing cluster. However, games developers (no, not 100% of them of course!) and "content producers" don't want it to be easy to run unauthorised code on the PS3 - it makes it easier in theory to find security flaws that will allow for copied games to be played.

And, well, that's what happened anyway; so in the end the objectors were right. The marketing angle for Other OS had run its course anyway so it wasn't any skin off Sony's nose to get rid of it, and the alternative (losing out on exclusive titles to the 360, not having "content producers" on board for other Sony gadgets) was much worse.

I don't work for Sony, but I know people who do.

I refuse to reply to the other things you've said, because they're mostly incoherent.

Lurk Moar.

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