Turns out that some lawyers sued Sony for yet another problem with PS3 and somehow won. This time it was over the removal of Linux on PS3. You know, that feature that hardly anyone used…
The case went to court six years ago when lawyers sued Sony over the removal of “other OS” support on PS3 units during a 2010 firmware update. The update removed the feature due to “security flaws,” but some people assumed it was to simply stop pirating issues. If you wanted to keep using PS3 online services you had to update and lose the feature. Sony stated that the removal of the feature followed their user policy, while lawyers argued otherwise.
According to this PDF release of the accord, still not approved by the court, Sony will pay out customers up to $55 for the removal of the feature.
Basically if you bought a “fat” PS3 between November 1, 2006, and April 1, 2010 and prove that you utilized the feature you will get the full payment. Those that bought a unit, but didn’t use the feature, can simply state they “planned to” or the the feature was a “selling point” and recieve $9. In both instances you need to provide a serial number or proof of purchase of the unit. Those that go for the $55 payout “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.”
Sony will utilize their PlayStation Network database to send out emails to affected users, but they also agreed to run ads across major gaming websites to get word out. According to data over 10 million PS3 owners will be affected.
If you thought that was a lot of money as-is, you are right, but the damage doesn’t end there. Sony also has to pay $2.25 million to the attorneys that brought the case to the table and beat them. Perhaps Sony thought enough was a enough and simply cashing out was cheaper than letting this linger on.
For those curious when they will get their cash (or most likely a PSN credit) it will be quite some time. The judge won’t hear the proposal until July 19th, where he can deny or approve the proposal. After that it could take months to years before Sony finally sends out the credits.