How to Claim the Money Sony Owes You Over the PlayStation 3 Issue
One of the biggest reasons why geek users bought the older model of the PlayStation 3 was because you could install Linux once you are tired of playing games and convert it into a rather sleek and powerful computer. Sony locked out the other OS support in 2010. No one really took this brutal joke to heart. A class-action lawsuit filed a year after the move finally got a verdict six years down the lines and PlayStation 3 owners could potentially get paid for the block.
According to the settlement, Sony has agreed to reimburse as much as $55 to millions of PS3 buyers who didn’t love the lockout.
To merit for the 55 buck refund, you will need to issue some proof of purchase and proof of OtherOS features use.
If you can’t proof your OtherOS feature use, you can still get $9 by submitting the proof of purchase and confessing that lack of the Linux OS support made you disappointed by reducing the value you attached to your PS3.
Only ‘fat’ PS3 owners in the US who bought the then bulky and hefty console between November 1, 2006 and April 1, 2010 can claim the settlement.
Hold Your Guns, At Least for A Year
With the final hearing on the settlement scheduled for January 14, 2017, it is clear that there’s still some legal process between you and the ideal 50 bucks. Throw in a couple of appeals and unanticipated postponement and you get quite the time before you can finally get your compensation.
Anyone who receives the compensation will have come to terms with Sony and can never sue over the issue in future.
Sony Breached their Sales Contract
By blocking out the OtherOS feature, Sony breached its sales contract, the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. The lawsuit conductor, Anthony Ventura terms the move illegal with his greatest explanation being Sony didn’t explicitly explain the omission. The fact that it had marketed its product with the OtherOS functionality feature to gain popularity over the competition made that feature an essential part of the product.
A follow-up announcement on the removal of OtherOS had forced users to install an update to effect this. Anyone who refused to faced the hacked risked being locked out of their PSN.