The Open Platform feature is not available on CECH-2000 series or later models of the PS3™ system.

On PS3™ system models sold earlier than the CECH-2000 series models, the Open Platform feature will not be available if the system software is updated to version 3.21 or later.

Overview of the Open Platform for the PLAYSTATION®3 system

There is more to the PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system than you may have assumed. In addition to playing games, watching movies, listening to music, and viewing photos, you can use the PS3™ system to run the Linux operating system.

By installing the Linux operating system, you can use the PS3™ system not only as an entry-level personal computer with hundreds of familiar applications for home and office use, but also as a complete development environment for the Cell Broadband Engine™ (Cell/B.E.).

There are many flavors of Linux available, which are developed, managed, and distributed by the respective companies and development communities.

As Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) does not develop or directly support a version of Linux for the PS3™ system, SCE is pleased to provide links for the following Linux distributions that support the PS3™ system:

The respective websites provide instructions for downloading or purchasing the Linux operating system, as well as information about installation and post-installation configuration.

Installation of the Linux operating system requires that the PS3™ system's internal hard disk be formatted. Important data should be backed up before proceeding with the installation. Even after the hard disk is formatted, the system software of the PS3™ system will not be deleted, and system features such as starting games will remain available after formatting the disk. (Note, however, that data that is saved on the hard disk will be deleted.)

Note that SCE does not provide any support for the installation and the use of Linux operating systems on a PS3™ system. For technical support, you must contact the Linux distributor or community that provided your Linux operating system.

To use the Linux operating system, you must update the PS3™ system software to version 1.60 or later.