Linux support dropped from PS3 Firmware 3.21

You would think a company to announce a firmware update that removes functionality from a product, but that’s exactly what Sony is doing with the upcoming release of PS3 firmware update 3.21 on April 1st. The ability to install another operating system on the PS3 will be removed in the upcoming system software revision, a feature that was already removed in the PS3 Slim. SCEA’s Patrick Seybold explains that the removal of said functionality is necessary “due to security concerns”.

List of changes below.

  • 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