Back in March was the first time we got wind that Sony would be releasing a PS3 firmware update that would effectively demolish the console’s OtherOS functionality. If you aren’t aware, the OtherOS feature allowed users to install an operating system onto their PlayStation 3 and boot it along side of the normal PS3. Anyways, when Sony announced they would be removing the feature due to security concerns, users everywhere cried bloody murder. How could Sony remove a feature that has been there since the beginning? Hell, it even destroyed the whole supercomputing project the community had underway utilizing Sony’s console. So, what are we to do when we want a feature but Sony it’s budging?
Well if you remember not too long ago the notorious iPhone by the name of Geohot promised that he was working on an alternative PS3 firmware that would retain the Other OS feature while also retaining all of the features of the new firmware. However, another community member with the alias madshaun1984 has decided to go another route actually managing to install and boot up XBMC on his PS3.
Not familiar with Xbox Media Center? Well, Xbox Media Center (XBMC for short) is an ongoing community project that gives users a free open-source cross-platform media player that has the ability to be installed on a plethora of devices. Essentially, it turns whatever device it’s installed on into a fully featured media center, got it?
Now before you get your hopes too high make note that the version of XBMC madshaun1984 managed to get running on the PS3 is in its early stages of development so don’t expect things to work very smoothly, if at all. Currently, the software boots up just fine and allows users to scroll through their content but when it comes to actually playing said content, things aren’t exactly peaches.
If you’re a brave soul and want to undertake this XBMC installation (at your own risk, of course) hit the source link.