PS4 News on Facebook! PS4 News on Twitter! PS4 News on YouTube! PS4 News RSS Feed!

Home PS4 News - Latest PlayStation 4 and PS3 News

266w ago - Today Sony's Sr. Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold has confirmed that PS3 Firmware update 3.21 is coming on April 1, 2010 and will disable the OtherOS feature!

To quote: The next system software update for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system will be released on April 1, 2010 (JST), and will disable the "Install Other OS" feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models, launched in September 2009.

This feature enabled users to install an operating system, but due to security concerns, Sony Computer Entertainment will remove the functionality through the 3.21 system software update.

In addition, disabling the "Other OS" feature will help ensure that PS3 owners will continue to have access to the broad range of gaming and entertainment content from SCE and its content partners on a more secure system.

Consumers and organizations that currently use the "Other OS" feature can choose not to upgrade their PS3 systems, although the following features will no longer be available;

• Ability to sign in to PlayStation Network and use network features that require signing in to PlayStation Network, such as online features of PS3 games and chat
• Playback of PS3 software titles or Blu-ray Disc videos that require PS3 system software version 3.21 or later
• Playback of copyright-protected videos that are stored on a media server (when DTCP-IP is enabled under Settings)
• Use of new features and improvements that are available on PS3 system software 3.21 or later

For those PS3 users who are currently using the "Other OS" feature but choose to install the system software update, to avoid data loss they first need to back-up any data stored within the hard drive partition used by the "Other OS," as they will not be able to access that data following the update.

Additional information about PS3 firmware updates, including v3.21 (once it becomes available), can be found here: http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps3/index.htm

PS3 owners who have further questions should contact Consumer Services: http://us.playstation.com/support/ask/

800-345-7669 (800-345-SONY)

PS3 Firmware 3.21 Coming April 1st, Disables OtherOS Feature!

PS3 Firmware 3.21 Coming April 1st, Disables OtherOS Feature!

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and drop by the PS3 Hacks and PS3 CFW forums for the latest PlayStation 3 scene and PS4 Hacks & JailBreak updates with PlayStation 4 homebrew PS4 Downloads.


  • Sponsored Links




#84 - SiZMiK - 266w ago
SiZMiK's Avatar
Is it not possible to download the update and strip out the command/script to remove otherOS ?

#83 - ricopicouk - 266w ago
ricopicouk's Avatar
UK, - I canceled it striaght away, but im certain it said 3.21. I'm currently on 3.15.

Now when I goto update, it says im up to date @ 3.15. strange.. Anyway, i'm not going to update, barely use the system anyway.

#82 - loader187 - 266w ago
loader187's Avatar
My honest opinion is the only bad thing about this is if it is going to ruin hacking abilities than it sucks however, if you dont want to upgrade to 3.21 than buy another PS3 for online and gaming and use the Linux one for all your other stuff.

At least you know the PS3 wont break which is a good thing. Look at how many people have bought 3 -5 Xbox 360's because they break all the time even when Microsoft says they fixed it (yeah right).

I am not saying people don't have a right to be pissed but you know eventually it will get hacked and whoever figures it out will make sure you can hack it without needing linux (we can only hope).

I guess if i get to a point that i have to upgrade to 3.21 i will just buy another PS3. I have loved every PlayStation console regardless if it was or was not hacked and I love my PS3. If you dont want to waste a lot of money on PS3 games than just buy an XBOX360 or rent games online it is cheap and fast.

And another thing, If you spent as much as i did on a PS3 $599 and wanted a great web browser and/or linux? than why didnt you just buy a PC, they are so cheap now.

I am mad at Sony for doing this but I still love the system especially playing hd movies from an external hard drive, i love the joystick (way better than the xbox360) and what is the Wii, (i dont have any kids) I would rather go bowl for real. .

The PS3 is the best console regardless if they remove linux.

Quote Originally Posted by devinbedari View Post
But as consumers, many of us paid extra money for the additional features, like OtherOS or Backwards Compatibility. I got rid of my PS2 as fast as possible, because I got a PS3. Furthermore, If i knew this would eventually happen, I would have saved my own money for more productive purposes.

You know that now, a fat 40 gig 3rd gen PS3 ranks equally to a new slim ps3?

I kept my ps2 becuase i had a ton of games on the hard drive and if i wanted to play them i would just load up the console. I wouldn't be able to play these on the ps3 yet.

#81 - CJPC - 266w ago
CJPC's Avatar
Quote Originally Posted by ricopicouk View Post
My PS3 has just prompted me to update to 3.21 now. Maybe sony are looking to roll out slightly early, given all this bad press re the update.

I really hope this goes onto the national press, we all know what the feature means, but unfortunatly 95% of the PS3 consumers most likely couldnt tell you what linux is... let alone use it.

What region are you in? Update lists are still showing 3.15.

#80 - devinbedari - 266w ago
devinbedari's Avatar
Quote Originally Posted by ricopicouk View Post

...I really hope this goes onto the national press, we all know what the feature means, but unfortunatly 95% of the PS3 consumers most likely couldnt tell you what linux is... let alone use it.


But as consumers, many of us paid extra money for the additional features, like OtherOS or Backwards Compatibility. I got rid of my PS2 as fast as possible, because I got a PS3. Furthermore, If i knew this would eventually happen, I would have saved my own money for more productive purposes.

You know that now, a fat 40 gig 3rd gen PS3 ranks equally to a new slim ps3?

#79 - Luckluka - 266w ago
Luckluka's Avatar
WTF? I still didnt get the 3.21 Update, maybe they only rolled it out for US temporarily, Darn this, The moment i saw the OtherOS feature advertised, I bought it, i was using it for programming :'(

Geohot: Come on, release LV2 dump or make a Custom Whatever-You-CallIt

I'll use the PS3Proxy for now, it works

#78 - ricopicouk - 266w ago
ricopicouk's Avatar
My PS3 has just prompted me to update to 3.21 now. Maybe sony are looking to roll out slightly early, given all this bad press re the update.

I really hope this goes onto the national press, we all know what the feature means, but unfortunatly 95% of the PS3 consumers most likely couldnt tell you what linux is... let alone use it.

#77 - devinbedari - 266w ago
devinbedari's Avatar
Quote Originally Posted by 273Kelvin View Post
bought a 599euro Ps3 with no game no 2 pad nothing of nothing but hell let's play a bit with linux..

Dear Sony you FAIL !! and ill never buy again sony crap.

I paid a really really really large amount of money for a PS3, because I bought it outside the USA or the UK. I'm so pissed right now, after reading this post.

The only reason I bought a PS3 was because of its:
-Backwords compatibility
-Other OS feature
-Almost Hardware fault free, because it breaks very rarely and it can be easily fixed...
or so I thought!

Guess what:
-Sony slowly ruled out backwards compatibility. I couldn't believe it.
-Now they are disabling the Other OS feature. What?? Have they gone nuts?
-My 60gig model came with the faulty heat sink compound and the PS3 got the YLOD after just 2 years. I rarely used it! Sony is telling me to pay a hundred and fifty bucks to fix it? So let me get this straight...I have to pay a HUNDRED AND FIFTY bucks to fix something that Sony broke in the first place? What do they think? I'm made of money?

If I knew this I would have bought an XBOX 360, because its cheaper, backwards compatible and has much a much more powerful graphics processing unit!

I can't curse on the forum. If I could, Oh....if only... I HATE LEAD FREE SOLDER, AND I hate you, "Sony". I will never buy another PlayStation in my life, if this is what you are going to do.

#76 - Denbo44 - 266w ago
Denbo44's Avatar
This is disappointing to say the least. I'm going to miss using a real web browser on my PS3.

#75 - 273Kelvin - 266w ago
273Kelvin's Avatar
bought a 599euro Ps3 with no game no 2 pad nothing of nothing but hell let's play a bit with linux..

Dear Sony you FAIL !! and ill never buy again sony crap.