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The reason why PS3 Slim owners cannot use Linux, according to Sony

Submitted by on Thursday, 3 September 20094 Comments

linux-on-ps3The one feature that the PS3 Slim lacks but all of its bigger and fatter brothers do have is the support for ‘Other OS’, in other words the ability to install Linux on the system.

Although it isn’t really a feature that has taken off, some users are a little annoyed that they cannot enjoy the same pleasure as others.

People have been trying to understand the reason for the removal, and some have blamed the prospect of piracy, or Sony wanting you to spend money on games over using the PS3 as a computer.

We now have a proper explanation from Sony for the reason of the removal and they blame drivers:

The PS3 Slim is a major cost reduction involving many changes to hardware components in the PS3 design. In order to offer the OtherOS install, SCE would need to continue to maintain the OtherOS hypervisor drivers for any significant hardware changes – this costs SCE.

There will of course be many people who are not satisfied with this statement and blame Sony for looking to get more revenue from software sales. They could be right, but in reality the little feature hasn’t really helped Sony in any way so why would they put much effort in keeping it.

Please share your thoughts as always in the comments.