It’s hard to imagine that Sony would spend the last two to three months creating the next Firmware “update,” only to release one that doesn’t update anything at all, but downgrades. However, that’s exactly what Sony has done with Firmware Update 3.21. While some (us included) feel that this is just some cruel April Fool’s joke, it goes without saying that if it is a legitimate update, Sony is going to be facing quite the backlash — especially from those who have no clue to backup their data prior to updating the console.
Firmware 3.21 will remove the “Other OS” functionality from all consoles and those individuals who choose not to update, will pretty much eliminate most features that their PS3’s are capable of.
We’ve included a list below of the changes and you can expect this update on April 1st.
- Ability to sign in to PlayStation Network and use network features that require signing in to PlayStation Network, such as online features of PS3 games and chat
- Playback of PS3 software titles or Blu-ray Disc videos that require PS3 system software version 3.21 or later
- Playback of copyright-protected videos that are stored on a media server (when DTCP-IP is enabled under Settings)
- Use of new features and improvements that are available on PS3 system software 3.21 or later