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Sony disables ‘Other OS’ support; PS3 owners disappointed

In case the users decide to upgrade, Sony has recommended that they should back-up all the data “stored within the hard drive partition used by the Other OS.”

In what can be termed as bad news for PlayStation (PS) 3 owners, Sony is disabling support for other operating systems on its game consoles.

Once the company launches PS3 firmware upgrade, the PS3 users will not be able to install other operating systems like Linux, “that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models,” the company stated in its blog post.

Functionality removal linked to security concerns
The firmware upgrade, scheduled for April 1 launch, comes almost two months after PS3 was hacked by George Hotz, who had earlier hacked iPhone.

Hotz even released hack exploit, which required, “some sort of Linux distro installed on the OtherOS, meaning that the hack involved “OtherOS option,”

In case the users want to continue with other operating systems, they can turn down the firmware upgrade. But in this case, they will be robbed of some of the features.

Since then Sony has been investigating the issue. In a move to protect its game consoles from getting exploited, it is releasing a firmware upgrade and disabling support for alternative operating system options.

Consequences of turning down firmware update
In case the users want to continue with other operating systems, they can turn down the firmware upgrade. But in this case, they will be robbed of some of the features.

This means PS3 owners will not be able to “sign in to PlayStation Network” and access online features of PS3 games, etc.

Further, they will also not be able to access playback of PS3 software titles, and even “copyright-protected videos that are stored on a media server.”

If the users decide to upgrade, Sony has recommended that they should back-up all the data “stored within the hard drive partition used by the Other OS.”

PS3 owners vent ire
Though Sony has cited security concerns as the reason for removing support for other operating systems, the end users are not convinced.

A lot of PS3 users have taken to blogs and forums, criticizing Sony that the move of creating a new firmware to disable other OS features is “simply pathetic”.

A PS3 owner named arabek commented on PlayStation’s Europe blog saying, “This is outrageous. This was one of the features that made me buy a ps3 in the first place – the system was complete because of it.

“And now your’re saying – yousa gonna take it away? This is some BAD BAD BAD joke.”

Venting his annoyance, another user named nonborn stated, “This is just ridiculous!! We bought a ps3 because it could run linux too… This thing thats happening now is unacceptable! Someone has to tell us OFFICIALLY WHY this is happening… “

Sony “ just can’t remove features and expect users to be happy and go all “Yay Sony!”.This is a huge dissapointment, which seriously makes me consider buying the other companies product,” commented a user named didzej1.