New PS3 patch to kill "Other OS" feature, due Thursday

By Matthew ยท 8 replies
Mar 29, 2010
  1. Sony has announced that a new firmware update will land this Thursday, and for security reasons, it will disable the "Install Other OS" feature. Present on models launched before the Slim in September 2009, the option lets users install an alternative operating system.

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  2. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Oh I see what you did Sony! How many will take the bait?
  3. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    Yeah - I very nearly got upset.
  4. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Restricting access to PSN and newer games pretty much forces people to patch their consoles. To be honest I tried installing several distros on my PS3 and all of them were crap - not even as good as the XMB. Linux is for computers and I can't see why it would be of any use on a games console, unless you don't have a computer and use the PS3 as one.
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,149   +915

    Of which to add to that, as slh28 said,

    Linux is for computers, if you want it in your games console, throw it out the window then burn it.
    Go to, get a bunch of computer parts, 2 days later they'll arive, build your machine and there you have it! better gaming than your PS3 will ever be capable of AND you get your mighty Linux distro =)
  6. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    LOL ... oops, sorry, hello!

    it's not funny anymore, saw this on too many sites ...
    cool April Fool ;)

  7. LauRoman

    LauRoman TS Rookie

    Actually Linux can run on (or be proted to) anything that has a C compiler.
  8. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    This is a real shame. I have not installed another OS on my PS3 but had thought about it in the past. Playing games online I will have to install the patch. LAME! I agree. The multiplayer on the Xbox is so much easier to use, start partys and is generally better than PSN, with live you get what you pay for.
  9. Sunny87

    Sunny87 TS Enthusiast Posts: 115   +11

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