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Sony sorry for removing ‘Other OS’, in the interest of a “majority of users”

Submitted by on Friday, 9 April 2010One Comment

There has been a lot of tutting and finger pointing since Sony announced and released a firmware update that simply removed support for installing other operating systems on the fat PS3s.

This is understandable since it is rare that you see a company remove a feature for a system, especially one that a fair amount of people use.

Today Sony have written an in-depth response the the anger expressed by some Linux fans who have been happily enjoying taking advantage of the ‘Other OS’ feature in the past.

Here is what Sony had to say:

We are sorry if users of Linux or other operating systems are disappointed by our decision to issue a firmware upgrade which when installed disables this operating system feature. We have made the decision to protect the integrity of the console and whilst mindful of the impact on Linux or other operating system users we nevertheless felt it would be in the best interests of the majority of users to pursue this course of action.

As you will be aware we have upgraded and enhanced functionality and features of the console by numerous firmware upgrades over time and this is a very rare instance where a feature will be disabled.  Further enhancements are in the pipeline.

Users do have the choice whether to install the firmware upgrade and this is clearly explained to them at the time the firmware upgrade is made available for installation. Furthermore our terms and conditions clearly state that we have the right to revise the PS3’s settings and features in order to prevent access to unauthorised or pirated content.

It had been widely speculated since the release of the slimmer PS3 that Sony would eventually disable the Other OS feature on the older models too, and so the release of the firmware wasn’t too much of a surprise for some.

We can fully understand why Sony have had to take this action as it could lead to to many gamers downloading games illegally. Piracy is obviously a big problem for publishers and developers, and we have seen its effect on the PSP market.

Of course if you really want to use the feature, the update is not mandatory, but you won’t be able to use the PlayStation Network and play the latest games.