Originally Posted by EvanPitts
Otherwise it is bait and switch, and is fraud. Sony will lose big time on this one.
Hardly. It's all in the terms of agreement which is well within the law as it does not claim anything illegal. Sorry for the short response to your nicely orchestrated paragraphs, but it's really all that's needed to counter everything you just said.
Sony made it well known in the patch notes that the new firmware was going to remove the OtherOS feature. Those who upgraded did so at their own will; no one was forced to update. Just as the terms of agreement state that ANY PS3s sent in for service would be updated to the latest firmware.
Originally Posted by VulcanDragon
I concur with this. All of the debating about press releases vs. advertisements seems largely irrelevant to me. Whether something is a documented feature or not is going to depend largely, if not entirely, on the official "tech specs" sheet and/or the user manual. If the original PS3 manual included instructions on how to run Linux on it, or even a statement that it could be done and instructions could be found on Sony's web site somewhere, then I would say that Linux support was in fact a documented feature. But lacking that, I would say that it was not a documented feature.
So, who has an original 80GB model and the instruction manual to go look this up for us?
No need, I'm not denying that it was in the manual; it was. I disagree on it being an advertisement in any way though as it is just instructions on how to use something that your PS3 shipped
with. The manual itself very likely has mention that any feature may be removed by firmware updates. Sony lived up to their "promise" of the PS3 including the OtherOS feature, then legitimately removed the OtherOS feature (they have the right to remove any feature they please under their LICENSED SOFTWARE'S terms of agreement) and fairly notified everyone beforehand. (They announced it in the firmware notes AND allowed the option to not download the update)
In other words: All PS3s sold within the timeframe that OtherOS was a feature of the PS3 DID include the OtherOS feature, making any "ad" of the OtherOS feature totally true. The USERS of those PS3s willingly downloaded an update that removed the feature.Edited by Stealth Pyros - 2/17/11 at 6:54am