Way back when PlayStation 3 made its debut in 2006, one of the perks of the console was the fact that you could install Linux on it, effectively allowing it to double as a PC. Sony issued a firmware update to remove this feature four years later, citing security risks as the reason. This led to a class-action lawsuit, with early buyers accusing Sony of false advertising. Thanks to a recent settlement, they’ll soon be getting their payout.
If you bought a “Fat” PlayStation 3 model between November 1st, 2006 and April 1st, 2010, you may be eligible for a cash payment of up to $65. You’ll need to swear that you either used the Other OS feature, knew about it, or “contend or believe that you lost value or desired functionality or were otherwise injured as a consequence” of Other OS being patched out.
Obviously you’ll be required to present some sort of proof of purchase. This can include your original PlayStation 3’s serial number, the PlayStation Network Sign-In ID (email address) you used to create a PlayStation account associated with the console, or PlayStation Network Online ID associated with the account used on the console.
In total, Sony will be paying out $3.75 million to those impacted by the removal of Other OS. Of that money, a third will go to the legal team, between $300,000 and $400,000 will go to the settlement organizers, and the five plaintiffs will receive up to $3,500 each. That will leave over 2 million for the rest of the early PlayStation 3 adopters to split.
If you believe you are owed money, you can fill out the claim form here. The deadline for submitting your form is April 15th, 2018, and as the website warns, “Claim Forms that are incomplete or untimely will be considered invalid and will prevent you from receiving payment.”