Air Force may suffer collateral damage from PS3 firmware update

"We will have to continue to use the systems we already have in hand," said an Air Force rep speaking with Ars Technica. "This will make it difficult to replace systems that break or fail. The refurbished PS3s also have the problem that when they come back from Sony, they have the firmware (gameOS) and it will not allow Other OS, which seems wrong. We are aware of class-action lawsuits against Sony for taking away this option on systems that used to have it."

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ravinash2992d ago

I'm sure if the USAF wanted to continue using PS3 for such tasks, they only need to talk to Sony.
A sale of $600,000 is not something Sony would want to miss out on.
There have been various projects with universities and research labs who use PS3 in super computer setups who have invested alot into this. Sony are aware of this and I can't believe that when they removed the other OS option, they didn't create an option that would let these institutions continue what their doing.
I'm sure an organization like the USAF can talk to Sony and make a deal.

CrAppleton2992d ago

And I'm sure they would change it for you too if you wanted them too.. pfft

Neco5122992d ago

They wouldn't change it for anyone, but they might pay for it in court

karlowma2992d ago

Considering that Sony doesn't actually turn a profit on hardware sales (unless very recent articles are to be believed), they would definitely NOT want to sell 2,200 units with a guaranteed attach rate of 0.0 games/peripherals.

It would be funny, though, if the USAF joined the class action lawsuit.

KingME2992d ago

If the AF joined the Class Action lawsuit, Sony would be guaranteed to loose the case.

darthv722992d ago (Edited 2992d ago )

they could go to an outside source to repair them. Sony inst the ONLY ones who knows how to fix a PS3.

and no...not by using craigs list or youtube vids.

ShinMaster2992d ago

That's true.

They're still able to use those PS3s just fine. As long as they don't break for whatever reason.

ThanatosDMC2992d ago

It only does everything... even class action lawsuits!

MNicholas2992d ago

About just about everything.

The 120hz 3D is perhaps the only thing that won't come to fruition.

As for the $600,000, it actually causes a loss for Sony. Why? Because Sony lost an estimated $150 on each machine.

Having said that, there's no reason to ever update a PS3 if you're only using it for Linux/research.

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sloth33952992d ago

i agree with what you said but also maybe they shouldnt rely on a video game system for their computing

Hotel_Moscow2992d ago (Edited 2992d ago )

they cant help it the ps3 has a great cpu

and besides ps3 cpu has probably been updated in the new servers that sony and ibm are marketing

ravinash2992d ago (Edited 2992d ago )

That was the other thing i was wondering about.
Somewhere like a lab or university using PS3 as a cheap supercomputer I can understand.
But something like the USAF which has millions in its budget, why are they getting super computers on the cheap. There are more powerful computers out there that have a better support system for replacements and support.

I think this whole report sounds fishy.

Biggest2992d ago

The US Air Force has a lot more than millions in their budget. A lot, lot, lot more.

ravinash2992d ago

I guessed it would, but that only high lights my point.

CrAppleton2992d ago

taxpayer money.. hard at work.. haha

Neco5122992d ago

it's the point that they system worked, and they could use it to game on too. haha

HolyOrangeCows2992d ago

They should just strike a deal with Sony for computers made with the cell.

webeblazing2992d ago

our tax dollars at work.

its going to be used to supply af with the most expensive and advance computing tech ever made
*add thousands of ps3 to walmart shopping cart*

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CrAppleton2992d ago

Probably shouldn't be relying on a video game system.. but it worked.. and now it's been changed. Sony was offering the ability to use a new OS system as an extra selling point.. now that selling point has been taken away

Motion2992d ago

In all fairness, it was never used as a selling point. Look at your box, its not on there. I don't think its ever been mentioned in a commercial either.

digitaledge2992d ago

The Linux logo is on my box!

Kurylo3d2992d ago

They did use it as a selling point. Many trade shows and game shows even before the ps3 was released talked about this. Sony made it publicly known that you could install linux. They now removed that feature. They are in the wrong, and they will end up settling out of court.

digitaledge2991d ago

Why did someone disagree with me? The Linux logo IS on my original PS3 box!!! Is someone seriously disputing that? Sony DID advertise it as a feature - it may not have been a selling point, but it was a feature they advertised, printed and then removed. It's a fact, so why I got a disagree is beyond me.

Biggest2992d ago

Add the fact that those PS3s will not be connected to the PSN for any reason. . . Sony took nothing from them. They will run into a problem when the PS3s start to fail. And that will happen eventually. No matter how well you take care of them.

Neco5122992d ago

Seriously, if you sell a product at a certain level, with certain functionality, and then take it away, that's just wrong.

DaRockSays2992d ago

Agreed, they should pay for cutting back on a product they sold

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