Sony Closing in On Settlement for PS3 Linux Debacle

Sony is finally closing in on a settlement for the infamous court case involving PlayStation 3 and the Linux operating system. 

That’s according to Ars Technica, revealing that after six years of litigation the platform holder reached a deal with lawyers on Friday. 

Citing security concerns, the option to ‘install another OS’ was officially pulled from the last-gen hardware all the way back in 2010 and, as a result, early adopters who purchased their PlayStation 3 anytime between November 1, 2006, and April 1, 2010 could be entitled to some repayment. 

While it still awaits a judge’s final approval, the settlement will offer a $55 payout to those users who can prove they installed Linux on PS3 and therefore “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.”

Furthermore, anyone who can prove they originally purchased their PlayStation 3 under the knowledge that the aforementioned ‘install another OS’ option would be included will be entitled to a $9 repayment.

Here’s a full overview of the settlement, with Ars Technica: 

“Defendant has agreed to pay $55.00 to each Class member who submits a valid claim showing, among other things, proof that he or she used the Other OS functionality, and $9.00 to all other Class Members who submit a valid claim and attesting, among other things, that they lost value and/or desired functionality or were otherwise injured as a consequence of the firmware update. There is no limit on the number of valid claims that Defendant is required to pay. The Parties believe the terms of the Agreement are fair, reasonable and adequate, and that the Court should grant preliminary approval.”

Are you entitled to repayment? 

[Source: Ars Technica]