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


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257w 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)





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#44 - JesusFMA - 257w ago
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This totally sucks, I use the OtherOS to run some code faster. Basically, I do program some stuff, and I like to test it on the PS3 'cause it's definitely faster, but now ... Oh men, I don't want to decide between "fun" and "faster", stupid Sony, but I'll guess I'm gonna have to update.

I thought that when the glitch stuff emerged, Sony would implement a more elegant solution to patch the OtherOS functionality, but now they're disabling it forever, damn, the "South Park" kids would say "This is totally gay" lol ....

#43 - heartagram62 - 257w ago
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You're all complaining about this but how many of you actually used the OtherOS option? I for one never did and I'm fairly sure were not going to see any homebrew for quite some time, I'm updating!

#42 - Setoku - 257w ago
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i use the ps3 Linux all the time since i have no pc at the moment! this is piss alot of people off! screw you sony for removing the only decent os that i'm able to have at the time i hope who ever decided on this dies !

is there a way to use the ps3 with linux and skip the update? i'm really hoping for geohot to release a full hack that can remove this or block this!

#41 - livpool - 257w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by Shrink View Post
Still the question is: What happens to my 10gigs in otherOS?

Also people may sue Sony not for losing Linux but their Data stored in OtherOS.


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.

they given a warning and told people what to do, can't really be sued.

#40 - Shrink - 257w ago
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Still the question is: What happens to my 10gigs in otherOS?

Also people may sue Sony not for losing Linux but their Data stored in OtherOS.

#39 - PS4 News - 257w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by shummyr View Post
i faintly remember sony saying they would not do this.

Correct, they did several times... then again, Sony also denied the existance of the PS3 Slim for many months too.

Here are a few article links of various Sony Reps stating it wouldn't be removed:

http://www.ps4news.com/playstation-3-psn-news/rumor-sony-to-remove-otheros-in-next-ps3-firmware-update/

http://www.ps4news.com/playstation-3-psn-news/ps3-otheros-linux-to-remain-in-old-ps3s-no-security-hole/

http://www.ps4news.com/playstation-3-psn-news/sony-explains-ps3-slims-loss-of-otheros-and-linux-options/

#38 - skatomelato - 257w ago
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fooking sony!!! I am not going to update...

#37 - dante489 - 257w ago
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they keep removing features from the damn thing!, but thanks to the french guy and egohot, instead of sharing they show off for nothing!

#36 - yokurt - 257w ago
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You all got fooled !!! :-D

April fool !! Definitely!

#35 - shummyr - 257w ago
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i faintly remember sony saying they would not do this.

 

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