Sony May Pay You $55 Thanks To Their PS3 Kerfuffle
Oct 14 2016 by Joanne Wise
Sony was sued in 2010 after, citing potential security issues, it updated the PlayStation software to remove the "Other OS" function from the early console model.
PS3 owners who purchased an original fat model in the United States between November 1, 2006, and April 1, 2010 can now claim a payment as Sony settles the Other OS class-action lawsuit. As a result, eligible consumers who never used Other OS are inline for a modest $9, while those who did use the feature will be awarded $55. The installation would've had to be done before April 1, 2010.
The removal afterward kicked off a series of class action lawsuits from affected players, all of which were later dismissed in court.
Sony and the plaintiffs reached a proposed settlement this past June, and a federal judge granted preliminary approval in September. "The Other OS function enabled users to run Linux as an alternative operating system on Fat PS3s". The deadline to submit a claim is December 7th.
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According to a settlement notice released today, "SCEA denies that it did anything wrong".
The lawsuit, which is known as In re Sony PS3 "Other OS" Litigation and has been working its way through the courts for more than six years, concerns the "OtherOS" feature that the PS3 had at launch.
There are two ways Class Members can file to receive payments. Assuming Sony doesn't appeal the case during next year's hearing, they're is likely to start sending out payments from this claim form next March. The court will hold a hearing on January 24, 2017, to decide whether to approve the settlement; if it is approved and there are no appeals, payments will be sent out approximately 40 days afterward.