Originally Posted by fanboysarestupid
I might buy the next home PlayStation console but I have to keep in mind it'll probably have even less liberty and features than the PS3 did.
No USB transfers (pictures/video/music/gamesaves), no internet browser (maybe it's for the best since $ony never really updated it to today's standards the PS3 browser) or the Recovery Menu. Or even the famous OtherOS.
It'd be kinda funny if $ony admitted they're losing their nerves with something like this. I don't believe they are. It's just silly media hype.
Kevin Butler, where are you to make a joke out of this...
Yep, a solution like OtherOS will probably never be included again. Not only because of the OtherOS debacle that happend (the removal and the Geohot hack concept using OtherOS), but also that it didn't turn out to be a big selling point in general, at least thats my impression. There was also a rumor (or maybe confirmed?) that Sony included OtherOS in an attempt to sell it as a computer to get lower taxes in Europe, but it didn't work. I'm not sure if this is true though, but if they don't get any tax cuts because of it, it would mean one less reason to include it again.
As for homebrew support on PS4, i think a XNA (that excist for Xbox 360) and Playstation Mobile type solution is more likely. That you pay i.e $99 a year and you get a SDK which lets you make games and apps. If there will be any homebrew support at all that is.
Regarding USB transfer, i'm pretty sure this will be included. This was not a security risk on the PS3 as far as i know, especially not for videos, music and pictures. Copying savegames could be used a bit for leaderboard hacks etc. in some Call of Duty games to begin with, but this was not really a threat to the PS3 security itself. I'm not 100% sure regarding savegames and USB transfer on PS4, but for video, music and pictures i'm 99.9% sure
I'm also pretty sure that a internet browser will be included. I think that both Microsoft and Sony will go with a more multimedia type console with Xbox 720 and PS4. Then a browser is almost a must-have in my opinion. The PS3 browser is based on Webkit, i think it will be the same in PS4. I think it will run more smooth due to more powerful hardware. Maybe it is better optimized as well if PS4 use a more standard CPU architecture other than CELL. But only time will tell.
I have no idea if a recover menu will be included again. But if i should guess, i think Sony will incorporate efuses
. If i'm not mistaken, this makes it much harder (or maybe even impossible) to downgrade the firmware. Xbox 360 uses efuses. In this case, having a recovery menu might be included. Sony didn't drop the recovery menu on the Vita at least.
Next year will be very interesting, hopefully both PS4 and Xbox 720 is out within 2013
EDIT: Hm, regarding efuses, it says in the Wikipedia article that PS3 uses efuses. Does anyone have some more info about this?