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PS3 Firmware (v3.21) Update

Patrick Seybold's Avatar + Posted by Patrick Seybold on Mar 28, 2010 // Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media

The next system software update for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system will be released on April 1, 2010 (JST), and will disable the “Install Other OS” feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models, launched in September 2009. This feature enabled users to install an operating system, but due to security concerns, Sony Computer Entertainment will remove the functionality through the 3.21 system software update.

In addition, disabling the “Other OS” feature 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.

Consumers and organizations that currently use the “Other OS” feature can choose not to upgrade their PS3 systems, although the following features will no longer be available;

  • 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 PS3 users who are currently using the “Other OS” feature but choose to install the system software 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, including v3.21 (once it becomes available), can be found here:
http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps3/index.htm

PS3 owners who have further questions should contact Consumer Services:
http://us.playstation.com/support/ask/
800-345-7669 (800-345-SONY)

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+ SwissCheez91 on March 28th, 2010 at 7:48 pm said:

Wow, Whats the point? just to piss people off? could you at least trade us backwards compatibility? this is infuriating!


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+ lanis01 on March 28th, 2010 at 7:49 pm said:

Epic Fail Sony!! Instead of taking away features how about you give us some actual good firmware updates? Fix the Facebook application, fix the Netflix application so I can throw away this stupid DVD finally, or heck give us any new/improved feature, so long as you’re keeping the hands that feed you happy!


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+ popruler on March 28th, 2010 at 7:50 pm said:

*dev question* You said that “For those PS3 users who are currently using the “Other OS” feature but choose to install the system software 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.”

Now I’ve never used this “other OS” feature so before I download the update do I still need to back-up any of my data or can I just download the update since I’ve never used that feature?


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+ BlooodyCow on March 28th, 2010 at 7:50 pm said:

@223 Haseo_Uchiha
That means you can’t play games that require firmware 3.21 or above. Games that don’t require firmware 3.21 or below will still work.


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+ CyberKagami on March 28th, 2010 at 7:51 pm said:

1st April?
what a nice day ;)


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+ manzoor47 on March 28th, 2010 at 7:52 pm said:

wow!! this is a major let down. I am very disappointed. Just because the slim doesn’t have this feature, Sony are taking it out from the older version PS3 too? I guess next time i wont be buying Sony products at launch.

thanks Sony i wont be forgetting this.


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+ righello on March 28th, 2010 at 7:55 pm said:

….if this is a joke… it isn’t necessary….


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+ valley428 on March 28th, 2010 at 7:55 pm said:

I honestly think (for now) that this is an april fools joke.
update starts on april 1st and the whole thing seems fishy.
im fine with the removal of the feature but why make it the only thing? It’s been a long time since an update and this is all you (sony) came up with? It needs more but I still think its a joke though…


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+ ThE-AnNiHaL8R on March 28th, 2010 at 7:56 pm said:

wow surprised at how dumb people can get…..Hello??? April 1st? JST??? Ring any bells or knock on wood?


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+ gdogg666 on March 28th, 2010 at 7:56 pm said:

wtf?


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+ John_P_Mason on March 28th, 2010 at 7:57 pm said:

I personally didn’t take “removing the other OS installation feature” negatively.

There were some articles about hackers trying to hack the PS3.
Sony has the right to protect there selves. And by doing this,
they also protect the game developers too.
And I think this move would be very positive for 3rd party developers to develop more games for the PS3.

But I agree with people who are saying that,
the lame part of this firmware 3.21 is that it only subtracts a feature and adds no new features.


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+ KSPRAYDAD on March 28th, 2010 at 7:57 pm said:

Wow…this is completely unacceptable. If there is any way to join a class action you can be sure I’ll be in on it.


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+ Jangaboo on March 28th, 2010 at 7:58 pm said:

if you want Linux don’t update

i don’t know of anyone who even uses the Linux with the PS3


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+ djroberts on March 28th, 2010 at 7:59 pm said:

I bought an 80GB instead of a slim for this feature. If this is an April fools joke, it’s dumb. Actually if it’s not a joke, it’s dumb.


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+ giga-lo-maniacs on March 28th, 2010 at 8:00 pm said:

after losing the spide-man font,and now this is it.this doesn’t make any sense,is this some kinda of maintaining the balance between the fat and slim.


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+ Buddyleej on March 28th, 2010 at 8:00 pm said:

If they hackers had left this alone this wouldn’t be happening. If your mad point fingers at them not at Sony.


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+ valley428 on March 28th, 2010 at 8:00 pm said:

“For those PS3 users who are currently using the “Other OS” feature but choose to install the system software 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.”

Wait…i just read this and noticed that they’re saying to backup your data on a hard drive used by the other OS, and then says you won’t be able to access the data anyway?


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+ Senjutsu_Dav on March 28th, 2010 at 8:00 pm said:

lol, an update to remove a feature. What are “Share” dude doing?


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+ manzoor47 on March 28th, 2010 at 8:00 pm said:

@ Jangaboo

yeah but without the update PS3 wont even let you go online to play multi-player games.

and i know alot of people who uses Linux with PS3, this will definitely make some users very unhappy.


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+ BlooodyCow on March 28th, 2010 at 8:00 pm said:

To the people saying this is a April fools joke.

If it is, then it is a very poor one that that. The amount of backlash SONY is currently getting on forums and some media outline is not worth it.


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+ iComet on March 28th, 2010 at 8:01 pm said:

MAYBE Sony will choose to return “Other OS” once security has been fixed and GeoHot’s exploit useless.


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+ Haseo_Uchiha on March 28th, 2010 at 8:01 pm said:

@232 ohh, I forgot that part. I just made myself look stupid lol


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+ ne4ious on March 28th, 2010 at 8:02 pm said:

This is [DELETED][DELETED] SONY, early adopters get shafted. Dropping $599 to support the latest in Technology and then BAM, this [DELETED] move right here is Crap!


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+ KSPRAYDAD on March 28th, 2010 at 8:02 pm said:

@249 I paid a premium for a machine that does BOTH.


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+ Tacgnol9001 on March 28th, 2010 at 8:03 pm said:

>Update that does nothing but remove features
>April 1 release date
lololol


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+ Haseo_Uchiha on March 28th, 2010 at 8:04 pm said:

Well either way I still see it as an April Fools joke


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+ MeRo27 on March 28th, 2010 at 8:05 pm said:

So now i have two PS3′s with linux on them, if i update, it’s gone ??????


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+ knicknak on March 28th, 2010 at 8:05 pm said:

This is an April Fools joke (not a very funny one).

The version is BS and why would anyone install an update that doesn’t add any features (oh yeah because your movies are going to require 3.21 – lol yeah right).

Patrick Seybold is officially a blog/forum troll.


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+ xKOROSHIYAx on March 28th, 2010 at 8:05 pm said:

A lot of ignorant “April Fools” in this post. You people claiming this is a joke need to take a Business 101 course. Major companies wouldn’t make themselves look this bad just for a joke. The amount of backlash from gaming blogs and comments on here would never be intentional by a major corporation like Sony.

Believe it or not, this update is going to happen. I’d bet on it


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+ bravo9zero on March 28th, 2010 at 8:07 pm said:

If you have a PC, Other Os is useless anyway(Guessing everyone here does)..


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+ XpAcErX on March 28th, 2010 at 8:07 pm said:

They never firmware update on a PSN store release day (Thursdays), its usually done on Tuesdays. APRIL FOOLS!


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+ ThE-AnNiHaL8R on March 28th, 2010 at 8:08 pm said:

LOL. People need to lighten up a little and get a life seriously. Playstation Blog’s idea of an April Fool’s joke. You emos can carry on sulking until April 1st hits for all I care. I’m outta here. Oh and while you’re at it, set your watches to Japan standard time too since you’re all so accustomed to it. JST FTW. Nice one Sony!


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+ John_P_Mason on March 28th, 2010 at 8:09 pm said:

@252 Buddyleej

I personally completely agree with you.


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+ KSPRAYDAD on March 28th, 2010 at 8:09 pm said:

Dear Sony.

You have, with this move, ASSURED yourself that for the next generation of consoles from your firm I will either a: skip it all together or b: not be an early adopter.

I just paid $200 in Canada to get my 80GB fat fixed (Instead of getting a newer/quieter more reliable slim) in large part because of the dual os nature of my machine…now you are taking that away? I want some compensation.


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+ neuroned on March 28th, 2010 at 8:10 pm said:

If not an April Fools joke, this is seriously a “sticking it in and breaking it off” move. Even though I don’t use another OS, this would seriously cause me to lose faith in the console that I have held in such high regard for over ten years.


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+ Spetsnas on March 28th, 2010 at 8:11 pm said:

Wow.

Nice Job, on getting rid of some thing once touted as a feature.

Was there a reason this is the only part of the update? A whole update that does nothing but removes a feature at least add something to take its place to make it feel less than a kick in the nuts.


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+ ModSquade on March 28th, 2010 at 8:11 pm said:

Cool april fools joke bro.


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+ HeresyProgram on March 28th, 2010 at 8:13 pm said:

So it took you four months to disable a menu option? Outrageous. A poor, reactionary move against an exploit which essentially did nothing. Great customer service.


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+ eldandi81 on March 28th, 2010 at 8:13 pm said:

playstation… it only does everything??? you should change your ads NOW… this is a HUGE SCAM….


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+ guitarman3210 on March 28th, 2010 at 8:13 pm said:

I hope this doesn’t kill my 60 GB.


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+ Sponge-worthy on March 28th, 2010 at 8:14 pm said:

Doubtful this is an April Fools’ thing. Seems like the Japanese media was already starting to leak rumors about this earlier today, so evidently this is Sony’s official confirmation.


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+ valley428 on March 28th, 2010 at 8:14 pm said:

Playstation…it only does everything (except let you run another OS)


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+ iProxicide on March 28th, 2010 at 8:15 pm said:

Its funny that 275 Comments from members and not even 1 Staff Comment at all.

Is this an April Fool Joke?


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+ Sponge-worthy on March 28th, 2010 at 8:15 pm said:

New slogan:

“It only does less than it did yesterday.”


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+ JamesL007 on March 28th, 2010 at 8:16 pm said:

Any idea if they will remove the goofy way to back up our save files. Meaning I just brought a new PS3 after mine had a recent accident and I can’t use any of my saves on my thumb drive because it says it’s not the right one and I have to restart the game over. I believe this needs to be changed so people like me and others and can back up our saves to our thumb drives and then bring them over to a new PS3 without that hooking both systems up and data transferring way we have to now.

Thank You


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+ Berae on March 28th, 2010 at 8:16 pm said:

If it can prevent hackers from ps3 then why not…


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+ PaulMichael on March 28th, 2010 at 8:16 pm said:

Wow Sony shoots themselves in the foot again. How in the living hell can you call this an update when you are taking a feature away from users that was already on there console. Are you freaking kidding me, this must be a joke. There needs to be a lawsuit against this because it sounds like to me that, You buy a 100% fully featured product and then they company you bought the product from takes 5% of the features out of the product 3 years after you bought it. This is insane, this is something I cant see Microsoft doing. Of all the evil things that are MSoft I have never, NEVER seen them take a feature away from the XBOX’s. SONY YOU JUST MESSED UP BIG TIME and you just lost a customer. I’m trading my PS3 in tomorrow. Unbelievable


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+ tomstockmail on March 28th, 2010 at 8:17 pm said:

@224 and others that read this post wrong:
All of that stuff in the bullet point list are stuff that are unavailable to those that choose not to upgrade. It says that in the sentence above it. Can you not READ? It makes perfect sense if you read it right and not think it’s an April Fools joke.


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+ WWESuperstar on March 28th, 2010 at 8:17 pm said:

@ 201

Beautifully stated SprSynJn, Sony has the right to protect it’s systems 8)


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