PS3 update removes Linux support

Written by Joe Martin

March 29, 2010 | 11:13

Tags: #firmware #playstation-3 #ps3 #update

Companies: #sony

Sony is issuing a firmware update this week for the PlayStation 3 which removes support for Linux OS' on the console for "security reasons".

The update will arrive on April 1st, a Thursday, and will bring the firmware of the PS3 up to 3.21.

The announcement comes from Sony's Patrick Seybold, who said that the support is being culled for "security reasons", though he didn't go into much detail beyond that in his comments on the PlayStation blog.

"[It's] due to security concerns ... [and] 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," said Seybold.

The feature has apparently been missing in the PlayStation 3 Slim before now - news to us!

The removal of Linux support is speculated to be related to the news that PlayStation 3 has been recently (though not completely) cracked by hackers, opening the system up to piracy.

The number of people who actively use Linux on a PS3 is reportedly quite low, but consumer response to the move has proved mostly negative regardless. This is, after all, an update that does nothing but remove functionality.

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