By Andrew Shin
Sony Computer Entertainment has announce the next PS3 firmware update (v3.21) will be available this coming Thursday, April 1st (JST). The most significant change for this latest firmware release will be the disabling of the "Other OS" feature that was available on the PS3 systems before the newer and slimmer versions.
The "Other OS" feature allowed PS3 owners to install an operating system on their systems, but due to security reasons as SCE explains, they have decided to disable it through the v3.21 update.
Those who currently use the "Other OS" feature have the option to not upgrade to the v3.21 firmware, however as a result the following features will no longer be accessible.
- 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
For those who are currently using the "Other OS" feature but choose to install the firmware update, to avoid data loss they first need to back-up any data stored within the hard drive partition used by the "Other OS" as they will not be able to access that data following the update.
Additional information about PS3 firmware updates click below:
PS3 owners who have further questions should contact Consumer Services: