Sony revealed the next system software update for the PlayStation 3 will disable the "Install Other OS" feature, so users will no longer be able to install Linux onto their consoles. The company claims disabling this 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.
Sony Computer Entertainment announced Monday that its PlayStation 3 game console would no longer support installation of third-party operating systems, including Linux. The move is unlikely to reduce popularity of the PS3 in general, but it will almost certainly decrease attractiveness of the platform among Linux fans in particular.
Sony said that the next system software update for the PlayStation 3 system will be released on April 1, 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, the company said.