You read that headline correctly, Sony, big bad Sony, owes gamer a sum of $550 million, wow, that’s a lot of cheddar. This is all stemming from a settlement from a court battle that has been raging for 6 years now. The case was over Sony removing your ability to change the operating system (OS) of the PS3 when it initially launched, mostly meaning you could install Linux on your PS3. This was a big selling point for the system so after it was removed by Sony, who claimed it was to protect against Pirates (damn you Johnny Depp) they were sued, by several people which then became a class action lawsuit.
So, you might be wondering, how do I get my piece of the pie and how much do I get. Well first off the suit affects roughly 10 million people so your cut, if you qualify, is $55.
So how do you get it? Well first off you have to prove that you owned a fat PS3, aka, one of the launch PS3 (April 2006-November 2010). Luckily for me, I still own my launch PS3 so that part is easy for me. Secondly you have to prove, under oath, that you installed Linux on it. This last part I’m not sure how you prove. For one I bought my PS3 ten years ago and usually when I get a new console I do a lot of cool experiments with it and usually I download and install all the features I can, especially when I bought a system for only 2 games. I installed Linux on my PS3 (mostly because I was bored) and not sure if I ever used it.
But since it was removed due to an update, how do I prove that I installed it? Not quite sure just yet, but Sony will be sending out emails to PlayStation 3 owners as well as on their website there will be directions on how to claim your sweet sweet cash.