Sony “sorry” for removing OS install feature

Sony’s call to remove OtherOS support from PlayStation 3 isn’t a decision welcomed by all, but one the company feels is “in the best interests of the majority” of its customers.

In a statement released today, Sony has apologized to those who’ve made use of the option but points out that the company is well within its rights “to revise the PS3’s settings and features in order to prevent access to unauthorised or pirated content”.

The statement reads: “We are sorry if users of Linux or other operating systems are disappointed by our decision to issue a firmware upgrade which when installed disables this operating system feature. We have made the decision to protect the integrity of the console and whilst mindful of the impact on Linux or other operating system users we nevertheless felt it would be in the best interests of the majority of users to pursue this course of action.”

“As you will be aware we have upgraded and enhanced functionality and features of the console by numerous firmware upgrades over time and this is a very rare instance where a feature will be disabled. Further enhancements are in the pipeline.”

The statement also points out that applying the latest firmware isn’t mandatory for continued usage of the system. However, access to a number of online services, including PlayStation Network, will in that case be lost.