Monday, 29 March 2010
"Other OS" goes the way of Backwards Compatibility
Remember the "Other OS" feature on the PS3? Well SCE are removing it from your console via the next firmware update (released on April 1st). You can read all about it over on the PlayStation blog. For those that use the feature, they can choose not to update their console to the latest firmware, however without the new firmware it's not possible to play online, access the store, etc, etc. Sony have said that the feature is removed due to security concerns. I understand that it left the gameOS more vulnerable to exploits, and might one day allow shady characters to play *ahem* "backups" on their console (which links me nicely to the reason I posted that pic - honest :)). Come on Sony - just keep patching it to keep it secure! If you don't then the pirates have already won!
How do you guys feel about this? I know a couple of you have installed Linux on your PS3 at some point. It's something I've been meaning to do myself but just never gotten around to it! So this latest announcement doesn't affect me much. However, if Sony can take such a drastic step at the drop of a hat, what's to stop them removing other features in firmware in future updates?
Posted by reakt