Sony prepares to pay players affected by removal of PS3's Other OS functionality0 Comments
Almost four years into the PlayStation 3's lifecycle, Sony rather unceremoniously dropped the console's support for Linux. While the "Other OS" functionality might not have been a particularly popular feature, it certainly was an impressive one, and some consumers felt cheated by the mandatory system update that removed the systems Linux capabilities. This lead to a class-action lawsuit, and after six years, Sony is finally settling the case.
According to Ars Technica, the yet-unapproved terms of the settlement would see Sony shelling out up to $55 to as many as 10 million PS3 owners. However, there are stipulations: owners trying to make a claim to the $55 dollars must "attest under oath to their purchase of the product and installation of Linux, provide proof of their purchase or serial number and PlayStation Network Sign-in ID, and submit some proof of their use of the Other OS functionality."
A lesser claim of $9 will be available, assuming gamers can attest that they knew about the Other OS functionality, relied upon it, and intended to use it. The $9 claim can also be garnered if players can attest that they "lost value and/or desired functionality or was otherwise injured as a consequence of Firmware Update 3.21 issued on April 1, 2010."
Naturally, the only affected gamers are those who bought the original launch PS3 models — Other OS functionality wasn't present in any of the later slim PS3 models. Assuming the settlement goes through, players who were affected by the removal of Other OS should be contacted by Sony through the e-mail addresses provided to the PlayStation Network.
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