Sony has announced that next firmware update for the PS3 will be released on April 1, 2010 and will disable the “Install Other OS” feature due to security concerns.
Sony has announced that next firmware update for the PS3 will be released on April 1, 2010 and will disable the “Install Other OS” feature due to security concerns. According to Patrick Seybold, Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media, this move was done to ensure the PS3 community will continue enjoy the broad range of contents on a more secure system:
This feature enabled users to install an operating system, but due to security concerns, Sony Computer Entertainment will remove the functionality through the 3.21 system software update.
In addition, disabling the “Other OS” feature will help ensure that PS3 owners will continue to have access to the broad range of gaming and entertainment content from SCE and its content partners on a more secure system.
Consumers and organizations that currently use the “Other OS” feature can choose not to upgrade their PS3 systems, although the following features will no longer be available;
- 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
Sony also reminded those PS3 owners who are currently using the “Other OS” feature but schoose to install the system software update, you will need to back-up your data stored within the hard drive partition used by the “Other OS,” to avoid data loss as you will not be able to access that data following the system update.
Thanks to efaustus9 for the tip!
Via [US PlayStation Blog]