Bye-bye PS3 OS Install

By Yaris Gutierrez

August 18, 2009

The PlayStation 3, at one point in time, was idolized by geeks all over the world when they heard news that Sony’s console was capable of running other operating systems (Linux, to be more accurate).  In fact, it was one of the very reasons why I picked the thing up.  And if you’ve been flexing and cracking your neck like some sort of prized fighter because you think you’re going to be running the latest PC games on Wine (which lets you run Windows applications on Linux) and trying to impress your friends by running uber commands like “curl -u user:pass -d status=”I am Tweeting from the shell”” (which lets you updated Twitter from the Linux command line) on console, you, my friends, are mistaken. Enter disappointment…now.

According to the official PS3 Slim press release, “users will not be able to install other Operating Systems to the new PS3 system.”  I’m sorry wannabe hax0rz, but it looks like Sony has the last word on this unless, of course, someone is able to “go around” the whole thing to begin with.  You know, make “adjustments”?  While you sit there in calamity mumbling all sorts of frak-you’s to Sony and their engineers, try to remember one thing – at least it’s cheaper now.  Womp, womp.

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Yaris Gutierrez

Born and raised in New York City, Yaris is one of three co-founders at DualShockers. Gaming since the inception of Nintendo in the 80's, he has grown to avidly appreciate games of every genre, maturing his preference specifically now to third-person action games, first-person shooters and JRPGs. He's a software engineer, father and husband during the day, and mildly attempts to hold onto his "hardcore gamer" title during the evenings. An attempt that he tends to fail miserably at.

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