Over at the Playstation Blog they’ve posted an article talking about the new PS3 Firmware Update (v3.21) which will remove PS3 owner’s ability to install custom operating systems. The update is said to be taking place this coming April 1st. No word yet on whether that’s a serious thing or a really bland April Fools joke on Sony’s part.
It seems there are some people who are genuinely upset by the removal of said feature and all I can say is, why? Apart from the fact that the included operating system and GUI for the current Playstation 3 is about as functional as you need it to be why would you even want to install a custom OS? I think I’m missing something here and if that is indeed the case I know our readers will correct me but some in depth research on the internet (read: I googled ‘why would you install Linux on a PS3′) it turns out that installing Linux or Ubuntu on the PS3 allows it to act as a PC.
Seriously? Who doesn’t have a PC these days? If you don’t – no, you know what, don’t even make an excuse. You’re reading this right now! Furthermore if you did have the technical prowess to be able to figure out how to install Linux on your PS3 for file sharing capabilities or whatever else you’d like to use it for then why not just do it on your already existing computer?
In a way I get it. I understand folks inquisitive nature and want to make things work just for the sake of making then work. I am myself a very techn savvy person but this seems like a pretty minor point of concern to have everyone’s knickers in a twist (yeah, I went there…).
What do you guys think about this? Are you really worried that you’ll no longer be able to install Linux or Ubuntu on your PS3?