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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Comment by ichi
by ichi on Thu 1st Apr 2010 23:56 UTC
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I personally don't care about running Linux on the PS3. I already have a Linux computer plugged to the TV along with the console, and I got a slim PS3 anyway.

That said I think it's highly unfair (and maybe even illegal in certain countries) to get features removed from a product you already own. Features that were available and advertised the day you bought the console.
The slim PS3 not featuring OtherOS is a whole different issue, as in that case you know (so far at least) what you are (not) getting the very day you buy it.

Removing the OtherOS support from the fat PS3 does not only suck for those that might want to run Linux now, it takes resell value from the console. The day Sony releases their next gen PS (PS4 or whatever) you'd surely have better chances of selling your old PS3 for a decent price if you have the possibility of recycling it as a general purpose computer, more so if the PS4 happened to have backwards compatibility with PS3 games.

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RE: Comment by ichi
by Flounder on Fri 2nd Apr 2010 13:56 in reply to "Comment by ichi"
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It's possible that you might be able to run other operating systems on your Playstation 3 after all. Now that Sony has challenged its users to make other OS work on all PS3s, we might see third party firmware updates which give other operating systems full access to the hardware, and perhaps runs regular PS3 apps in a "jail" so you would be practially emulating the PS3 on the PS3. This might open up the PS3 for piracy as well, but I think it's a risk the users are willing to take now that Sony no longer actively supports the PS3 platform.

It remains to be seen, but April 1st 2010 might be the beginning of the open era of the PS3.

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