Sony fanboys (fangirls) have always stood by their brand. This is a phenomenon that we can actually associate with other brands, but it seems to me that those who profess to be fans of Sony (especially the PlayStation series) are more hardcore than others. In a very recent move, though, Sony might end up alienating the very people that have made them strong in the first place.
The news is that Sony is releasing a patch that will remove the option to install another OS (LINUX!) on the PlayStation 3. If you bought your console prior to the age of the PS3 Slim, you would remember this option. If you’re relatively new to the world of PS3, then the news will not matter to you.
Anyhow, it is not surprising at all that negative reactions are cropping up all over the place. For those leaning towards the geek side of things, that install other OS option is a BIG thing. Why is Sony making this move?
I couldn’t find the reason behind it, but what’s going to happen is this (courtesy of the PlayStation blog):
The next system software update for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system will be released on April 1, 2010 (JST), and will disable the “Install Other OS” feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models, launched in September 2009. This feature enabled users to install an operating system, but due to security concerns, Sony Computer Entertainment will remove the functionality through the 3.21 system software update.
In addition, disabling the “Other OS” feature will help ensure that PS3 owners will continue to have access to the broad range of gaming and entertainment content from SCE and its content partners on a more secure system.
I know what you’re thinking: let’s not upgrade! After all, no one’s putting a gun to our head to upgrade, right? Think again. If you don’t upgrade, you’ll lose theses features:
• 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
Oh Sony, what are you doing???