PS3 Latest Firmware Removes Support for Linux and Other OS

The latest firmware release for PS3 from Sony will remove the “Other OS” feature. The update is scheduled to arrive on the 1st of April. Do not go by that date because Sony has confirmed that this is not an April Fool’s Day joke.

The update which is scheduled to arrive on Thursday this week will not be mandatory though. It will be an optional upgrade but those using the older firmware will be devoid of many features of the latest 3.21 firmware. Sony says it has released this update for security concerns.

Though, after the PS3 hack by the famous iPhone hacker, this looks more like an insecurity concern.

For those going for this update,

  • You will not be able to use another OS on your PS3.
  • No more playbacks of unsupported formats like MKV.
  • No more interesting PS3 hack reports.
  • No more fun.

If you are planning on not using this update,

  • You will miss out on all the security Sony will probably talk about.
  • You will not be able to play the latest games requiring the latest firmware.
  • You will not be able to play Blu-ray discs.
  • You will not get access to PSN (PlayStation network) anymore.

Gaming consoles like PS3 are a power juice machine and are used in researches as well. The removal of Other OS feature will affect many more communities apart from gamers.
(Via: Techherald)

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. He rants occasionally at You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.