CRAP ALERT! – Don’t update your PS3 to Firmware 3.21!! Read on.

So back on April Fool’s Day, Sony released a firmware update. This update, Firmware 3.21, does one thing and one thing only: It removes the OtherOS feature from Fat PS3s which let you run Linux.

Why is this important, you ask? Well, it’s because Geohot’s Exploit runs under the OtherOS platform. Which means, all the effort that has gone towards hacking the PS3 thus far will be for nothing if this is removed.

Note that, if you are a Slim PS3 owner, this update doesn’t affect you in the slightest, and in fact does nothing to your system at all as this update does nothing else except remove OtherOS from the Fat models.

The comments over on have been on fire since the update was announced. Since it’s release, there have already been two workarounds to avoid the update and still allow the user to log into the PSN.

One of these is using the Logan5 tool to proxy your way through. This allows you to use the store and your friends list, but you won’t be able to play games online. Details of doing this can be found here.

The other, preferable method, is to simply set as your Primary DNS in your Internet connection settings. To do this, you must manually enter IP settings rather than choosing “Automatic” or “PPPoE”. Note: If it won’t let you save the settings, try setting your router’s IP as the default router.

For more information, visit Geohot’s Blog and The Website.

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As for my own personal comments, I’ll repost the comment I left in one of the articles on

So, just figured I’d put my two cents in here.

First of all, Thank you Geohot for putting an unfathomable amount of your personal time into getting as far as you have. For those who didn’t pay attention, Geo put in just under 4 years of HIS time attempting to find the exploit that he did (I believe the exact time he posted was 3 years, 11 months, and 20-some odd days?).

Secondly, let me just note that I don’t endorse piracy for piracy’s sake. If you can afford the games, buy them. Personally I’ve purchased many Wii games in my day despite my Wii being completely softmodded. I actually modded another guy’s Wii, and right after he told me he was headed to Gamestop to purchase Mario Kart Wii. I asked why, and he said that Mario Games were collector’s items to him, and were worth more unopened later on. He still has his copy unopened to this day, yet plays the game regularly off his USB Hard Drive.

As to the PS3, I personally hope that it becomes hacked. I would love to use the PS3 as a fully powered Secondary PC. I have many neat uses in mind for it once it becomes fully unlocked. Removing this OtherOS feature pretty much kills that. It essentially means I bought my PS3 just to play like 3 or 4 games (the rest could’ve easily been played on my 360, but I like to keep a balanced collection on all consoles).

Once you pay the price for the hardware, it’s yours. Sony can’t stop you from doing whatever the heck you want with it. If you wanna use the OtherOS feature it came with to hack, or to record music, or simply to convert and save DVD movies, you are completely allowed to do that.

However, that does not give you the right to use the PSN. Whereas you own your PS3, Sony still owns the PSN, which includes online gameplay, along with your account and your friends list. So, needless to say, it’s not a matter of them coercing you to remove the OtherOS. It’s just them saying “Systems that continue to use the OtherOS feature will no longer be compatible with our PSN service.” It’s just like when the servers went down for several PS2 games that were online enabled (Twisted Metal Black Online comes to mind). You got the game because you wanted to play it online. However, you were playing on the COMPANY’S servers. Once the company decided it didn’t want to keep the server up anymore, they simply pulled the plug.

So yeah, while it sucks and does NOTHING for Consumer Relations, Sony has every right to do this.

Luckily I don’t play games online that much with PS3. The only game this severely affects for me is MAG (which is easily substituted for by Modern Warfare 2 on the 360).

I’d still LIKE to use the full features, but can do without until Geohot or whomever else releases the first PS3 CFW.

So to all those trying to break through that final door, Godspeed!


~ by chadanthony07 on April 4, 2010.

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