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PlayStation 3 Owners: Sony Might Owe You Money if You Bought The Console Prior April 2010

Travelers Today       By    Joana Dyan Ordonez

Updated: Oct 18, 2016 06:11 PM EDT

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Sony customers who bought the original 'Fat' PlayStation 3 prior to April 2010, specifically between November 1, 2006 and April 1, 2010, can now file claims to partake in the settlement' of a nationwide class-action lawsuit pertaining to the removal of the console's "Other OS" feature.

Sony's decision to remove Linux support for the video game console has urged the class action lawsuit against the tech company.

All customers who bought an original-model PlayStation 3 console before April 2010 are entitled to receive a settlement payment of $9.00 to $55.00, as reported by WWG.

It may not be a big amount in terms of per person payment ($55/person), but it could significantly cost Sony hundreds of millions.

The lawsuit, which is about six years in the making, involves the OtherOS feature of the PlayStation 3.

According to Tech Times, through OtherOS, owners of the console were able to partition the console's hard drive so that Linux can be installed.

However, as per Sony's purported security concerns, they decided to pull the plug on the feature by removing it through an April 2010 update that was to most unexpected.

This prompted the class-action lawsuit, as owners alleged that Sony breached the warranty terms of the contract and falsely advertised the PlayStation 3's features.

The lawsuit has classified customers into two types, Class A and Class B.

Class A includes all customers in the United States who bought the "Fat" PlayStation 3 between 2006 and 2010 and used the OtherOS feature to install a Linux OS.

Class B Consumers, include all customers who purchased the same machine, but did not use the OtherOS, based on reports by WWG.

Furthermore, Class A customers are eligible to receive a payment of $55.00, while Class B customers are eligible to receive a payment of $9.00 each.

Only one claim can be submitted per console purchase. In order for Sony to facilitate the reimbursement of their claims, respective proof of purchase is required for both the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Network.

Lastly, Class A customers are required to prove that they used the OtherOS feature on their PlayStation 3.

Tech Times further reported that the deadline for filing claims with all the required paperwork is December 7, 2016.

Another hearing will be held on January 24, 2017 for the approval of the settlement, with the payments to be sent out about 40 days afterward.

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