Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Apr 2013 10:47 UTC
Games More and more evidence is pointing towards the next Xbox requiring an always-on internet connection in order to play any games - i.e., once you lose your connection, you can't play any game at all. Three minutes after losing your connection, "your" game will suspend itself and stop playing. Microsoft's Adam Orth took to Twitter to defend this anti-consumer practice, but he did so in the most ungraceful of ways.
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WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

but Sony didn’t remove Linux from your already installed device, they just stopped updating the firmware that had the support.


The problem was quite obviously the fact that you couldn't play any newer games that required updated firmware unless you gave up on Linux-support. That was a real dick move considering the fact that many people bought PS3 for BOTH playing games AND for Linux.

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M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

I heard it was to do with institutions (labs, animations studios &c.) bulk buying PS3s for the processing power of their eccentric range of internal chips, which was very competitively priced, pound for pound, flop for flop. If you sell consoles at a loss, you really don't want anyone buying lots of consoles but no games.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I heard it was to do with institutions (labs, animations studios &c.) bulk buying PS3s for the processing power of their eccentric range of internal chips, which was very competitively priced, pound for pound, flop for flop. If you sell consoles at a loss, you really don't want anyone buying lots of consoles but no games.


Aye, that was the primary reason, but how Sony went about it was still a dick move. Sony could have removed OtherOS-feature from future PS3s while leaving the then-current ones intact or they could have stopped selling the consoles at a loss, thereby not screwing over their existing customers, but alas.. In the end they pissed lots of people off and showed how much they really care about consumers, all the while running Linux and playing games is supported on PS3s running custom firmwares -- including mine.

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