Sony Corporation, the Japan based consumer electronics maker, has announced that after the next firmware update of its PlayStation 3 gaming console, users will not be able to install other operating systems in the gaming device.
According to a statement released by the company, PS3 firmware 3.2.1 update, which will be released by the company on April 1st, will remove the 'Install other OS' option from the console, much to the disappointment of Linux users, who will not be able to install the open source software on the console.
Interestingly, this software update is designed to remove the feature from the older PS3 models including PS3 'Fat' as the newer PS3 slim already ships without the 'other OS' installation option. Industry experts believe that Sony is trying to protect its turf, but the company says that the controversial update is necessary for improving the security of popular gaming device.
The press release posted on the Playstation blog warned PS3 users, who are running another OS on the device, to create back-ups of their data stored on the hard drive of the console as they will not be able to access it once they install the update. The company has also released its much awaited Move motion sensing game control which will allow users to play motion sensing games just like the Nintendo Wii.