updated 04:40 pm EDT, Wed April 7, 2010
Geohot hack brings back other OS support for PS3
Sony's latest firmware to its PS3, version 3.21, has removed the ability to install other operating systems on the gaming console, but now early iPhone hacker Geohot claims to have developed a workaround that will bring the option back. The so-called custom firmware can be installed by restoring a custom-generated PUP file, based on firmware 3.15 or older.
The maker says the custom firmware may also enable installing other operating systems, such as Linux, onto the new slim PS3, but hasn't had a chance to try this out yet. Once the new firmware is installed, a proxy hack is necessary in order to access Sony's PSN store and play online games.
Sony cites security concerns as reasons for removing the ability to install other operating systems on the PS3. Some, however, have accused the company of releasing the update in order to prevent piracy that would use the dual-boot feature to modify the OS. Piracy has been more difficult on the PS3 than on competing platforms due to the rarity of Blu-ray disc drives for computers, but Linux and similar platforms can also give access to the low-level file system and bypass some forms of copy protection.