PS3 discontinuing Linux Support

Sony Playstation 3

Pre-Slim editions of the PS3, will unfortunately soon be losing Linux OS support with an upcoming patch release on April 1st. The update v3.21’s only reason for release in all intents and purposes is to remove the feature “Install Other OS” from the old styled PS3s.

This update is not a required update, though if the update is not applied, users are not able to use the PSN, or play any games or blu-ray movies that are developed past the update. So honestly the update is pretty much required for nearly all, if not all PS3 users.

Patrick Seybold, the SCEA’s Senior Director Corporate Communications & Social Media has stated that the reason for the update is “because of security reasons.” As well as allow users of the PS3 to “help ensure that PS3 owners will continue to have access to the broad range of gaming and entertainment content from SCEA and its content partners on a more secure system.”

Ironically those with the Slim-PS3 have no worry for this, because this feature was not included in the slim versions. Though my question is what exactly are the security reasons for this update and why would they be removing this feature now. There has been Linux support ever since the PS3 was released, and to drop support now? What could their reason be? Does anyone here on Capsule use a PS3 with Linux?

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  • frankcastle66

    i have a slim so i never had the support so its cool

  • PlayingMantis

    Well, a month or two ago, there was a story about the PS3 being compromised. It didn’t really give them access to run code or anything, but it’s the first real progress the hackers have made with PS3.

    They are probably trying to close up any potential exploits.

    If this downgrade frees up a few more megabytes of system ram used by the OS, then I would look at this as a good thing.

  • They are using the “potential exploits” as a pretense to remove the Other OS feature since it gives too much freedom to users who prefer Linux and know how to use it (can you imagine what would be possible if you can run Linux without the restrictions and with fully supported hardware drivers?)

    P.S. They are trying to strip from the PS3 everything they can for some time now (one example is the slim PS3s) another is the removal of the PS2 compatibility and now it’s the Other OS support …

  • skull_x_man

    Hehe, guess Sony felt vulnerable with the Linux feature. Im really impressed at sony that hackers couldnt find a way into the ps3 by now. Microsoft should learn from them…still dunno why i chose Xbox360…but i guess that Live is a lil bit better supported than the PSN.

  • Andrenekoi

    I have a PS3 but i think Live is betten than the PSN too, a lot more robust.

    If they are removing linux for security i support this, i never had any interest in using the Linux on the PS3, so no loss for me.

  • versapak

    I have never used the feature, and probably never would, yet I still feel somewhat cheated that they are taking it away from me.

    Dunno why, but that is just the way it is.

    While the 360 has continually been giving us more features, it seems like all Sony has done this entire generation is take stuff away.


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