Sony Removes “Other OS Support” for PS3
Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) owners will have to make a decision if they will want to install PS3 Firmware 3.21 that will remove the console’s ability to install Linux on its hard disk drive.
All models older than the PS3 slim versions released last September have the “Install Other OS” feature.
For those who did not use the feature, the update would not be bringing consequences. For those who did, a dilemma ensues. Choosing not to install is fine but it will restrict such owners not to install any future firmware upgrades.
Other affected features are the inability to sign in to Playstation Network to chat or use online aspects of PS3 Games and there will be no playback of copyright-protected videos that are stored on a media server.
For those who will let go of their other OS needs to back up their data as they will no longer be accessible after the update.
The decision to remove the feature was “due to security reasons.”
Firmware 3.21 becomes available April 1, 2010.