Sony isn't joking about removing Linux support on PS3

The [Install Other OS] and [Default System] features have been deleted. If you update your system software to version 3.21 or later, you will not be able to use [Install Other OS] or [Default System] under (Settings) > (System Settings).

Well, they released the firmware update today, an despite some speculation that it might be an April Fool's joke, the release notes do mention removing the Linux support for the PS3. Obviously, I should reconsider buying Sony products in the future, since I'm not down with them removing features from things I've already bought.

I'm debating if i should wait for the modders to crack the firmware and release a patched version of 3.21, or if I should give up and just upgrade, since haven't yet used the feature...

Sony removes Linux feature from old PS3s

This is how the newest firmware update is described on the official PlayStation blog: "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," a Sony rep wrote. "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."

It's pointed out that this update is strictly voluntary, although if you don't download the new firmware you won't be able to connect to the PlayStation Network, play any games online, play any games or Blu-ray movies that "require" the new firmware, play any files kept on a media server, or download any future updates. To put it simply, if you don't grab the update, the system will become useless to you as a gaming or media machine.

Now, I never used the feature. But I don't like them removing it. Next thing I know, they'll be removing support for the backwards compatibility that's built into my system because it's not there in the newer units and perhaps there's some "security" reason.

Update: When first reading this, I didn't realize that the release date was April 1st. It is possible that this is a rather early april fool's joke. We'll see. It is possible that Sony has a sense of humor.


Check it out, Sony is blatantly copying Microsoft:

(Yeah, I'm sure it would say something more if I actually played games
on my PS3...)

And with Microsoft blatantly copying Nintendo, I guess it just goes around for the new guys in the console game. ;)