Latest PS3 patch (v4.30) closes the doors on Folding@home
At the start of November, Sony’s latest update to the PS3 will be removing several services through the Life with Playstation app, one of which was Folding@home. The Stanford University project allowed users to run their PS3 and dedicate its Cell processor to a greater cause when they weren’t gaming. The processor would work with other PS3s around the world to help understand the folding and misfolding of proteins which could lead to cures for cancer, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimers.
Since the project started in 2007 over 15 million PS3 users have participated in the program and have donated more than 100 million computation hours. This has helped significantly in the area of Stanford University’s Alzheimer’s research and project lead Vijay Pande had this to say about the experience.
I used to leave my PS3 PHAT on for Folding@home, so I feel like I was a small part of this. Anyone else out there still Folding@home?
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Still have the PC version, that's all you need.
I didn't even know this existed, nor do I leave my PS3 on. I haven't played a console game in like 5 months...
I'm honestly really disappointed that Sony is removing this feature. Maybe many people don't use it, but it's not like it hurts to keep it there. It doesn't have any real adverse effects on the PS3. My PS3 was running too loudly (right before it died) to use it recently, but I definitely used it for Folding, and my computers are always going at it. I'm somewhere up in the 500,000 point range, closing in on 600,000. It's awesome, because it's competitive but also helps a great cause at the same time. The bonus with using a PS3 as opposed to a computer is that it can dedicate 100% (more or less) of its CPU power to Folding@home, as opposed to having to keep an operating system and background services running in full swing like a computer would.
I'm also annoyed that they decided to move the trophy list to the PSN section. It's a minor inconvenience, but I'm so used to pressing the PS button and scrolling up twice to access my trophies. Hopefully I only have to scroll across twice now, and not up or down at all. I know it's a silly complaint, but it's all about convenience, and this isn't helping. I'm glad we can finally see Vita trophies on the PS3 though.
I did what I could with my PS3. I just didn't understand. I also wish this wasn't going away.
Maybe a lot of people just didn't use it?
I was kinda late to the Folding scene but I have 500 folds completed. I've been leaving my PS3 on and running this program for over 6 months now.
I don't get why they removed this program except for maybe they think it was a potential backdoor into people's PSN accounts.
How is it that I've never heard of Folding@home until now?
I still have this activated on my ps3 when it goes idle, and donated countless hours to the program, its wonderful! Why would they remove it? /: