Sony to disable PlayStation 3 features thanks to hackers
Sony are going to take away a bunch of features from their PlayStation 3 consoles. Why? Because hackers have been twatting around with the insides and spoiling it for everyone.
Of course, shit scared of piracy and the like, Sony are pre-emptively striking against it to ensure they don't start losing money on their product.
Sony have said that an update to be released on 1 April (no, it's not an April Fool) that will prevent people using a function that allows them to install alternative operating systems.
This is clearly a move that has come about after a US hacker called Geohot released the first code that bypassed PS3 security. Basically, this Geohot (George Hotz to his mum) person hacked into the console and started running the Linux operating system on it. If you're a luddite like me, this released code is no help whatsoever.
Because of this, people who use the machine without tinkering with the innards will now lose a feature that they've paid for. The irony of course, is that hackers with too much time on their hands will find a way around this new security update, thereby ensuring that the only people who really suffer are those that have done nothing wrong.
Geohot said of the move, that he'd work on a new hack to bypass the new update:
"This is about more than this feature right now. It's about whether these companies have the right to take away advertised features from a product you purchased. Imagine if an exploit were found in Safari on the iPhone, but instead of fixing it, Apple decides to pull web browsing altogether."
That said, Sony says that the update is optional... but at a cost. If you chose not to update your PS3 then you will no longer have access to features such as online gaming or the ability to play Blu-ray DVDs.