PS3 firmware update 3.41 looked like it was going to be a pretty minor change to the system with one small new feature, but apparently it also locks users out of being able to upgrade their hard drives.
After updating their systems to the new firmware, some users have reported that when they try to run through the process of installing a new hard drive, an error pops up stating "no applicable data."
The PS3 is well-known for how open of a platform it is. Unlike the draconian Xbox 360 that requires users to pay for ridiculously expensive proprietary hard drives, PS3 owners can buy any laptop-sized hard drive and the system will format it appropriately.
That is, until now. It's unlikely this was an intentional change by Sony, but it's also unlikely that the new firmware feature - a list of recommendations on the PlayStation Store - would have had anything to do with the way the hard drive swap process works.
Sony has not yet responded to these comments.
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