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PS3 loses “Install Other OS” function

March 29, 2010
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Sony’s next software update for the PS3, which will hit on April 1, will remove an option available on system models prior to the slim versions to install alternate operating sytems. Sony cites “security concerns” as the reason for the change in functionality on the playstation blog.

The option to install another OS was a big draw for much of the PS3’s original fan base. It essentially allowed users to transform their gaming system into a desktop computer — giving them the best of both worlds. Removing this option is likely to leave a bitter taste in the mouths of Sony fans who have invested a lot of time and resources into personalizing their consoles.

Users can choose not to install the update, but at the expense of a ton of functionality including signing on to PSN, playing games online or playing any game, video or Blu-ray that requires an install of patch 3.21 or later.

PS3 owners who currently have another OS installed on their system will need to back up any data stored on it as they will no longer be able to access it after the patch.

You can read all patch notes currently available here.

[Thanks GamePro]

One Comment leave one →
  1. Cynthia permalink
    March 30, 2010 8:59 pm

    Wow! This is the most insightful piece of writing I’ve read in all my years of reading. And that’s a lot of years.

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