PlayStation3 to drop Support for other Operating Systems

From the PlayStation Blog:

The next system software update for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system will be released on April 1, 2010 (JST), and will disable the “Install Other OS” feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models, launched in September 2009. 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.

Err, no, it won’t. Sorry Sony, you’re wrong again.

You’re alluding to geohot making progress on gaining control over the PS3 hypervisor. And you’re not going after him directly, because he’s well within his rights to reverse-engineer a product he bought from you.

Now you’re afraid that other people — not geohot himself — will use the knowledge he gained to enable unauthorized copies of your games to run on similarly hacked Playstations. Fair enough, I’m with you there. You don’t want to lose trade, and as a consumer who buys your products, I don’t want you to lose trade either. That wouldn’t be good for me.

But stop fucking about with this “security” shit. There are no security issues involved. This isn’t about people gaining access to my data or your data, or anything of that sort. You’re just fear-mongering.

Also, you’re trying to take away something I paid for. I don’t know what world you live in, but in my world that’s called theft. You, Sony, are aspiring to become a bunch of thieves. Well done on that!

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