Sony’s Other OS Settlement Is Live, Claim Your Money
Anyone who bought an original PlayStation 3 between November 1, 2006 and April 1, 2010 is eligible to receive $55 from Sony. This is due to Sony removing the Other OS feature, which let players install Linux on their system, from the PlayStation 3 out of security concerns. A lawsuit filed in 2010 alleged that Sony removed a marketed feature that consumers paid for, and now Sony has to pay up after agreeing to a settlement.
The full settlement can be found online, and has Sony denying any wrongdoing:
A proposed Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (“SCEA”) challenging the issuance of a firmware update to disable the “Other OS” functionality from PlayStation® 3 “Fat” model computer entertainment consoles (“Fat PS3s”). The Other OS function enabled users to run Linux as an alternative operating system on Fat PS3s. SCEA denies that it did anything wrong. The Court has not decided who is right in the lawsuit.
Wondering if you can get money back? Here are the official terms:
Class Members who submit a claim with the required proof of purchase and proof of use of the Other OS feature are entitled to receive $55. Class Members who submit a claim with proof of purchase and attest that they intended to use the Other OS function, lost value or desired functionality, or believe they were otherwise injured are entitled to receive $9.
If you fall into either of those two categories then you can fill out a claim online (make sure to do it before December 7, 2016).