Ah, Slippery Sony. The corporation that was caught embedding DRM malware into all the audio CD's they produced is back, this time pretending that they can dictate every piece of software that is to be run on RISC architecture. Apple thought the same thing back in the 80's. Not the best strategy.
This is an experimental business philosophy for a hardware manufacturer: Squash any and all unauthorized development. Limit your hardware's functionality. Micro-manage the end-user (read: info-peasant) experience. Control everything. Charge for everything.
I was about to buy a PS3 because i want a console that i can tinker with and use for all sorts of things. That's the only reason i would EVER spend so much money on a console. Now I think i'll just stick with a laptop... and teach my neighbor's children how to find playstation ROM's on the internet for free.