It looks like Sony’s experiment with Linux is about to end with the new v3.21 firmware which disables the OtherOS option. They cite security as the prime mover and they are right. George Hotz has accessed the hypervisor which is the PS3’s 1st line of defense and it’s a matter of time before backups can be played via this Linux backdoor.
I guess if you want to keep OtherOS you don’t have to update the firmware but you can’t play games online, you won’t be able to run games or blu-ray movies that requir firmware 3.21. Is it time to buy a 2nd ps3?
from the 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. 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.
Could it be an April Fool’s joke? They state that firmware v3.21 for the PS3 will be released on April 1st.
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