Sat. Jan 28th, 2023
Sony agrees to pay millions to gamers to fix the PS3 Linux debacle

After six years of litigation, Sony has now agreed to pay the price for the 2010 firmware update that removed support for the Linux operating system from the PlayStation 3.

Sony and lawyers representing as many as 10 million console owners reached an agreement on Friday. Under the terms of the agreement, (pdf) which has not yet been approved by a California federal judge, gamers are eligible for $55 if they use Linux on the console. The proposed settlement, which will be reviewed by a judge next month, will also award $9 for any console owner who purchased a PS3 based on Sony’s claims of “Other OS” functionality.

The deal also provides up to $2.25 million in attorneys’ fees for the attorneys who filed a lawsuit. Under the plan, gamers eligible for a cash payment are “all persons in the United States who purchased a Fat PS3 model in the United States between November 1, 2006, and April 1, 2010.” The agreement did not say how much it would cost Sony, but the entertainment company is expected to pay out millions.

The problems started with the PS3 software update 3.21. On March 28, 2010, Sony announced that the update would “disable the ‘Install Another OS’ feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models.” This feature, Sony claimed, would be removed “due to security concerns”.

Sony did not provide details about those “concerns”, but the lawsuit over alleged piracy was behind the decision. “Sony is concerned that the Other OS feature could be used by hackers to copy and/or steal games and other content,” the lawsuit said. To make matters worse, Sony said the update was voluntary. However, without an update, console owners were unable to connect to the PlayStation Network, play online games, play games or Blu-ray movies that required the new firmware, play files on a media server, or download future updates.

Before the settlement, Sony argued that the terms of service allowed it to remove the Other OS feature and that the functionality wasn’t much of an issue for most console owners.

While the deal still needs a judge’s signature, here’s what the settlement says about how gamers can get their money:

To get the $55, a gamer must “attest under oath to the purchase of the product and installation of Linux, provide proof of their purchase or serial number and PlayStation Network login ID, and provide some evidence of their use of the other operating system functionality.” To get the $9, PS3 owners must make a claim that, at the time they bought their console, they “knew about the other OS, relied on the functionality of the other OS, and intended to use the functionality of the other OS.” operating system.”

Alternatively, according to the deal, to get $9 a gamer can “confirm that he or she has lost value and/or desired functionality or was otherwise injured as a result of Firmware Update 3.21 released April 1, 2010.”

Sony agrees to use the PlayStation Network email database to notify its customers of the settlement. “In addition, the Notice Program provides Internet notifications via banner and search-related ads on CNET, IGN, and other target audience websites based on market research conducted by GfK Mediamark Research, Inc. and comScore,” according to the deal. , which also describes the use of social media to warn classmates about the settlement.

A hearing on the proposed deal was scheduled for July 19 at 2 p.m. before U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland, California.

By akfire1

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