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Firmware 3.21 to disable PS3′s ability to run other operating systems

Monday, 29 March 2010 03:40 GMT By Nathan Grayson

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The cross-media bar is great and all, but did you know that your non-Slim PS3 can eschew its Sony heritage and run operating systems like Linux as well? No? You didn’t?

Well then, you might as well go ahead and forget what we just told you.

“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,” said Sony’s Patrick Seybold on the PlayStation Blog.

Well, at least they can’t disable our backwards compatibility, right, other PS3 Phat owners?

Right?!

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35 Comments

  1. xino

    WTF!?

    They can’t f**ing do that, I paid £299 for this sh* because I want to install O.S, so why the hell should they remove it!?

    If they can gonna freaking do that, then give us PS2 Emulation software and other bunch of stuff we want!

    They are stripping us of our power and won’t give anything back!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. TheWulf

    Isn’t that a case for false advertising, right there? Of course they can’t legally remove a feature that they advertised at sale, that’s grossly illegal. What the hell are they thinking?

    I mean, I know there’s a way to crack the PS3 via Linux, but simply locking everyday users out of their Linux account because of that is asking for trouble, they should find another way to handle this.

    Stupid, Sony, very, very stupid.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Uncontested

    Pretty sure its to counter the PS3 hackers

    And I doubt there is anything ‘grossly illegal’ about it.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Plainview

    meh

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Dralen

    It’s a console, what did you expect.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Aimless

    xino, if you wanted a Linux box that badly you’d have bought a comparable — and much cheaper — PC.

    On the face of it software PS2 emulation on a PS3 is technically impossible. Given enough time and money Sony’s engineers might be able to work around the fundamental hardware differences, but even then it’s most likely that emulation would need to be tweaked on a game by game basis. In other words it isn’t going to be free because they’re a company, not a charity.

    TheWulf, I can guarantee you that the EULAs you never read state very clearly what Sony can and can’t do. If you don’t want to lose the feature you can forego the update and forfeit your access to PSN.

    That’s your handy dose of realism for the day.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Mike

    hehe

    #7 5 years ago
  8. G1GAHURTZ

    ZING!

    #8 5 years ago
  9. xino

    Aimless don’t talk rubbish please!

    PS3 is not just a gaming console, it’s a super computer. And if I want a minn linux on my ps3, then I WANT IT!
    Because there are tons of things you can do with linux on ps3!

    Second PS2 Emulation is not impossible. It’s be cracked on PC ages ago. Sony already did it with ps3 launch consoles.
    All we need now is a ps2 emulation software.
    And if the software was cracked on PC, then Sony shouldn’t have problems with making their own since they made the damn ps2!

    They are not adding ps2 emulation software because publishers of ps2 games wants to make extra money by bringing back those games on PSN: God of War, FF7 etc.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Mike

    supercomputerlol

    It’s a games machine that plays videos.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Aimless

    I would hate to step on your toes by posting rubbish, xino; going off that last post you must have an exclusivity deal.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Johnny Cullen

    Can I get an “Ameh”?

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Robo_1

    It’s a shit thing to do, but thank PS3 hacker Geohot for this, not Sony. Whilst he’s not been able to run any unsigned code, he’s turned the hypervisor inside out, and it could well be just a matter of time before the entire system is compromised.

    His attack approach requires the presence of other OS, so without it his exploit is useless, and this is clearly Sony’s response to that.

    This certainly won’t have been a decision which was taken lightly, after all, removing features which were advertised as part of the console from day one isn’t going to be a popular move, regardless of any terms and conditions they have on their side.

    The inclusion of Linux was always Sony’s way of offering an olive branch to the programming community, however it predictably wasn’t enough, and they’ve tried to hack the system regardless.

    It sucks for those who have made legitimate use of PS3 Linux, but you have to put yourself in Sony’s place. Do they risk upsetting the handful of people who have made use of the other OS feature, or do they risk leaving it in there, knowing it’s a huge security risk at this point and could potentially lead to a fully hacked system capable of playing ripped games. Sony’s partners would string them from the yard arm if they sat on a fix for this, so I don’t see what other sensible options they have.

    Pity though.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. xino

    Aimless

    before PS3 was released, Sony has rapidly doubt the PS3 as a super computer:/

    do your research.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Phoenixblight

    @AImless

    A few months back SOny patented PS2 emulation program for the PS3 FYI

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Mike

    “Please be assured that SCE is committed to continue
    the support for previously sold models that have the
    “Install Other OS” feature and that this feature will
    not be disabled in future firmware releases.”

    hehe

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Blerk

    This is a terrible thing to do to the four people who actually use this feature!

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Erthazus

    Its because of Geohot. But really, you don’t need Linux on your PS3.

    Sony is just trying to defend its system. Thats it. They are not even profitable with its system now.

    @17 Blame Geohot.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. justiceblob

    @XINO

    Talk about an overeaction, what would you do if you were sailing a barely floating ship, which you had been slowly fixing for years; then all of a sudden it went Titanic -style into an Iceburg, but you knew you could fix it. Are you going to let yourself sink, or are you going to be sensible and save yourself and your ship?

    Remember this is a multinational company, NOT a little independant start-up…

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Dralen

    @Blerk

    Lol!

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Galactic_Barret

    Drah-Mah!

    #21 5 years ago
  22. OrphanageExplosion

    Sony shouldn’t force its security problems onto the honest users who *do* use Linux. However, I guess there’s so few people who actually do that it won’t be that much of an issue.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. ninjanutta2

    anyone notice that this happens on april fools day?

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Happy Hardon Harry

    I can see this upsetting around 0.01% of PS3 users.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Malfet

    @17 – Sarcastic, aren’t we? It’s kinda really is terrible thing. The fact that it affects “4 people” doesn’t make it more pleasant.

    @18 – _you_ really don’t need Linux on _your_ PS3. Other people can think otherwise about _their_ needs.

    @24 – Well, dunno ’bout that. I didn’t even have a PS3, still that’s upsetting news for me. Stupid moves in game industry is a sad thing to behold :(

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Happy Hardon Harry

    @25

    If you want to run any OS properly, then buy a PC! Not a fucking console.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. theevilaires

    why am i not surprised to see mike in here trolling :D

    #27 5 years ago
  28. S0meRand0mN00b

    consollers get falcon punch once again haha

    #28 5 years ago
  29. mike3648

    April 1st…April fools for believing this?! lol

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Uncontested

    Its simple: Sony doesnt want to be like Xbox where they lose 100k+ of legit sales (sometimes in upwards of a million depending on the game) per release to hacked/ripped games.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. theevilaires

    Not being able to access the RSX made having LINUX on your PS3 useless anyway. I know its still a nice option to have but we can live without it.

    Plus look on the bright side, now the die hard XBOTS won’t feel as bad their systems don’t have one less thing the PS3 can do over the XBOX360 :D …its nice to share some glory with them after their laughable 3 disc FFXIII embarrassment :D

    #31 5 years ago
  32. TheWulf

    @6

    Clueless and aimless? I think so!

    See, the problem with a EULA contract is that *gasp!* it isn’t a contract and legally it means about jack and squat.

    Here are some reasons why:

    - EULAs commonly infringe upon statuary rights.
    - EULAs don’t have a signature, therefore they’re not a contract.

    The thing with a EULA is that any lawyer with their salt, even an amateur lawyer, will tell you that all EULAs (period) are a joke. An absolute joke. They’re there to scare people but they don’t do any good. And even if taken seriously they usually have flaws big enough to drive starships through.

    So don’t accuse me of being clueless about what a EULA is, that’s you, witless and aimless. It’s not a contract.

    A class-action lawsuit could still be filed at Sony for removing a feature which was advertised at point of sale, and if Sony tried to point out that the EULA invalidates those statuary rights then they’d just be digging themselves deeper.

    If you were to patent breathing it would have more worth in a court of law than a EULA.

    So your ‘realism’ is the airy-fairy fantasies of the witless, average, everyday dolt who baselessly fears EULAs out of a lack of knowledge (fears ‘em like witchcraft). Please understand law before you start waving EULAs around like they’re some sort of bloody holy grail. Read a little. Better yet, read a book… on law.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. theevilaires

    Shouldn’t Sony be also held accountable if a firmware update fucks your PS3 up? I mean really think about it. They say they are not to be held accountable if you download the firmware update and it breaks your PS3, but they also block you from being able to go online which forces you to download something that could potentially break your system and they know this.

    WTF, that shit needs to be address in court whoever sues them next. It’s clearly basic contradiction.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. frod

    consoles are hilarious. Also, the console owners with Stockholm Syndrome crack me up.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Aimless

    @32 Well, aren’t you delightful.

    The enforceability of EULAs varies from country to country, state to state and court to court. Hell, case to case! So whilst I do appreciate the irony in your attempt to scare me, I can’t help but feel you are no more qualified to speak on the legality of digital contracts than I am.

    In any case, Sony holds jurisdiction over the PlayStation Network. You have no inherent right to said service, and you only forfeit access to it if you decide not to upgrade your firmware and retain access to the Other OS feature. Whilst the decision is very weighted, it is not forced; a feature is not being stripped away without your permission, you are agreeing to give it up.

    Could you argue your case in court? Of course; people have taken legal action over pettier things. I’d hope you’d have more worthwhile uses for your time and money, though; you could fund a case that’s actually worth fighting, or perhaps buy that Linux box you’ve apparently always wanted.

    #35 5 years ago

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    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]