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Sony Should Pay For OtherOS Removal, Says Finnish Board 319

x*yy*x writes "According to Consumer Board in Finland, Sony should pay up 100 euros to a console owner for OtherOS removal. The board said that the removal of OtherOS crippled console features that were present at the time of purchase and agreed that consumers should be compensated. Sony tried to point out that the user agreed to the PS3 EULA, but the consumer board noted that such agreements can't go around consumer laws."
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Sony Should Pay For OtherOS Removal, Says Finnish Board

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  • by boaworm ( 180781 ) <> on Saturday April 23, 2011 @06:20AM (#35913586) Homepage Journal

    I've been looking around a bit, but I haven't been able to find a good explanation to why Sony is removing the feature in the first place.

    Does it allow hacking the console? Does it cost too much to maintain? Anyone knows?

  • by eyenot ( 102141 ) <> on Saturday April 23, 2011 @07:14AM (#35913784) Homepage

    It's great how you've presented each POV. I am entirely in the dark on handheld gaming right now.

    You might not be surprised that I (and some) would argue all four sides independently.

    Full ownership, good. It's yours to fuck up as you please, including the quality of your gaming experience.

    And yeah, it sure sucks competing against the borg. You shouldn't be allowed on the network with a hacked console, or, if the parent company feels generous, you shouldn't e allowed on the mainstream network with a hacked console but have to stay in some overcrowded semi public channels.

    And sure, it's Sony's network and it's their manifest destiny (we could say) to fuck with your device that they built in a way that you don't know squat about before it happens because micro technology has progressed so far that such a method is possible.

    And right, that pisses some people off (me, included) mostly because it goes against the concept of honest business and is akin to selling booby traps. So governments representing the people should take issue.

    Its a bright opportunity to design new ware and new methods to ensure that the arguments for and against console hacking are satisfied. It's the best business model and other approaches should be seen as the result of failing to appeal to the cognitive elite and instead asking marketers about security and accountants about response.

    What will happen instead is the old arena-based bickering and rebellious super vocalizing of (ultimately) self-inflicted malcontent, crying over the obvious economic sink of entertainment funds and loathing over the ridiculousness of such matters as so weighty in times of global economic turmoil, and therefore less attention paid to more important matters leading to even greater ignorance, setting populations up for repeat performances of the whole "who could have predicted such a tragedy, it's just like in the movies" posturing and swooning.

  • by yodleboy ( 982200 ) on Saturday April 23, 2011 @10:51AM (#35914714)
    i bought my PS3 (fatty) because at the time it was one of the best blu-ray players available AND was cheaper than stand-alone models. Might as well get a game console thrown in. I got mine cheap (defintiely a loss leader) and bought 1 game. 1, which i failed to even play more than a couple of hours. Just decided to stick with PC gaming. So yeah, the effort to entice me with a cheap console never paid off with game sales.

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