PS3 De-evolution: Sony Bastards
April 02, 2010
Sony turns tides in quality reputation. It makes sense that they would take certain features out of the new PS3’s to make them more affordable. Regardless of the fact that they should still sell the old PS3’s alongside the new ones, they have now reached a new level of de-evolution and furthermore, douchebaggery. They have now started taking features out of the older PS3’s via update.
As of the April 1, 2010 update, the “Other OS” feature will no longer be a part of the PS3 system. The “Other OS” feature allows users to essentially turn their powerful console into an average computer with operating systems such as linux (and even windows run through linux).
It makes sense that this feature would be in the PS3, due to the expanded possibilities. One PlayBeyond PS3 commercial even stated that “if there is anything you can’t do with a PS3, you probably shouldn’t be doing it.” They are going to have to change their bragging rights from can do to can’t do at this rate.
Some people may be thinking just don’t install the update and that would be the general reaction. However, not installing the update actually inhibits other features of the system from working. These features include, but are not limited to:
- Ability to sign in to PlayStation Network and use network features that require signing in to PlayStation Network, such as online features of PS3 games and chat
- Playback of PS3 software titles or Blu-ray Disc videos that require PS3 system software version 3.21 or later
- Playback of copyright-protected videos that are stored on a media server (when DTCP-IP is enabled under Settings)
- Use of new features and improvements that are available on PS3 system software 3.21 or later
This means that any game that can be played online, anything that comes with downloadable content, the Playstation Store, Playstation Network, folding@home, webbrowser, and even newer games that require the update will all be useless. Users who take this route will also not be able to buy online exclusives, or use certain softwares already purchased.
Those who decide to update even though they use the “Other OS” feature will have to backup all information and then delete their entire system. If that person has purchased any hardware or software to accompany the feature such as mouses, keyboards, hard drives, etc then those devises lose their usefulness. Some things would not have been purchased if this feature was not in place to begin with.
At a least affect the value of the old PS3’s decreases. With the decisions that Sony makes, the old PS3 almost doesn’t seem worth the extra 300 dollar expense anymore.
In any event, it almost provokes tendencies to figure out what security policies were being violated with this feature just to hinder their cause.