In a move likely made to prevent piracy, Sony has announced that its next software update will remove the “Install Other OS” feature that was available in pre-Slim PS3 models. In effect, those who have installed a Linux operating system on their PS3 will no longer be able to access this feature. Update 3.21 will be released on April 1, 2010 (April Fool’s Day?) and will not be an optional upgrade unless you wish to gimp your PS3. Sony states the following features will be unavailable for those who fail to download the update:
- 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
If you don’t want to lose these features, but want to keep the data stored on your Linux partition, Sony recommends making a back-up of the data prior to installing the update. If you fail to do so, you will lose access to the data permanently.
If you bought the PS3 Slim, this new update should not affect you at all, since Linux support had not been previously supported. For all of you PS3 “fat” owners, are you upset that this feature is being removed?