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Sony PlayStation 3 owners eligible for $65 settlement

Do you remember like a decade ago, Sony promised that you'd be able to run Linux on the PS3? Me neither. However, apparently they did make that promise. In the end, they didn't go through with it due one matter or another.

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KingPin31d ago

just reading the preview of this article makes me not even want to click the link.
first off, it was advertised on all launch consoles as a feature over the 360. as a matter of fact there was an option to install other OS on all firmwares before 3.55. they only removed it after geohot used linux to hack the console.....so how this guy claims not to know any of that shows ignorance and isnt worth my time reading anything else he has to say.

kevnb31d ago (Edited 31d ago )

it was removed on firmware 3.21, not sure if geohot even used other os to hack/get the keys for the ps3, im guessing he probably didnt. Im guessing they removed it because people were buying ps3s to build clusters, they werent really making money on the ps3 unless people bought games/services to go with it.

2pacalypsenow31d ago (Edited 31d ago )

"Im guessing they removed it because people were buying ps3s to build clusters, they weren't really making money on the ps3 unless people bought games/services to go with it."

So you think Sony would remove a feature to lower sales of the PS3? They removed the feature around the same time the Slim came out, don't you think they would just remove the feature on the slim as opposed to removing it for consoles that have already been purchased, wouldn't that make more sense to stop people from buying new PS3's just to stack them together?

Geohot used the Other OS feature to hack the hypervisor feature on the PS3, which was the security used to prevent exploiting the Ps3.

Haurus31d ago

@2pacalypsenow:

"So you think Sony would remove a feature to lower sales of the PS3?"

It is logical. They were selling the early PS3 models at a loss of ~$150, with the intent of makiing up for it through continuing sales of games and accessories. Universities and other groups were buying PS3s by the hundreds, to daisy chain together and use as makeshift Cell Blade systems. They had no intention of buying games or accessories, which meant that each of those sales was a pure loss for Sony, and reduced the number of units available for gamers who would buy games.

The official reason for Sony removing OtherOS was due to the Geohot hacks, but it didn't make it any less beneficial to Sony in regards to profits.

2pacalypsenow31d ago

@Haurus

But what would have Sony gained by removing the feature from Ps3's already purchased? Removing the feature wouldn't have cause the universities to use them for gaming.

And by 2010 I believe they were already making a profit on every PS3 sold.

2pacalypsenow31d ago

The PS3 shipped with the Other OS feature, this guy has no idea what he's talking about.

yomfweeee31d ago

I'm not sure why this is in the news again? We've already known this. Their original settlement was rejected several months ago by the courts or whatever because it was too difficult to prove. So they had a new one that was much easier to prove. Been available since December.