Sony Strips “Other OS” Functionality from PS3 3.21 Firmware Upgrade

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Sony has announced the latest firmware upgrade (3.21) to the top selling Play Station 3 (PS3) but has taken out the “Other OS” functionality in PS3 and PS3 Slim, which enables the users to install another operating system on their Play Stations.

Sony claims that using the “other OS” feature, a user’s Play Station can be compromised as already done by George Hotz using a hack which uses the feature and compromises a user’s PS3. Sony has said in its Blog that users using the feature will not be able to have the following updates to their systems:

  • 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

The PS3 3.21 update is schedule for availability on April 1st, 2010

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Source: Sony Play Station Blogs