Playstation 3 firmware update 3.21 Now Live

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The latest firmware update for everyone’s favourite black box ‘o Blu-ray has gone live today – and unfortunately word of it removing the Other Os feature wasn’t some sort of elaborate April Fool’s Hoax.

In a move that’s pissing a lot of people off, the update offers no new features, instead removing them.

Even worse is that it’s essentially mandatory. Boot up your internet-connected system and you’ll be prompted to update. You don’t have to update, but not doing so bars you from connecting to the PSN.

Personally I can’t say I care much, never having installed Linux on my own PS3 – but it’s a feature some people use, and it’s a feature that was advertised. Removing it now, even if for the purposes of stopping potential piracy is a poor move, as some opportunistic bonehead is going to take Sony to court over this.

If you really want to update your PS3, but want the OtherOS feature as well, remember that GeoHot is promising to deliver a custom firmware that’ll retain the machine’s ability to install Linux.

Last Updated: April 1, 2010

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