Own an Original PS3? Sony May Owe You Money in This Class-Action Lawsuit

Ben Stegner 18-10-2016

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One current lawsuit that may apply to you is a settlement from Sony regarding the PlayStation 3. On original PS3 models, you had the ability to install Linux if you so desired; Sony pushed an update in 2010 that removed this functionality. While it’s not likely that a lot of people were using Linux on their systems, it still rubbed some the wrong way.

Since you can’t play games online unless your system is up to date, you had to decide between using Linux and getting your PS3 online. Sony is now paying out for this decision.

You can read the full details on the lawsuit’s website, but the basics are that you’ll receive $55 if you can prove that you owned a “fat” PS3 and prove that you actually installed Linux. If you owned a “fat” PS3 between November 2006 and April 2010 but didn’t use Linux, you’re entitled to $9. The deadline to submit is December 7th.

Of course, it’s highly unlikely that you have screenshots of Linux running on your machine or communication with Sony about the feature, which you need to prove for the higher claim amount. It’s also reasonable to assume that most people don’t have a receipt from purchasing their PS3 six to ten years ago.


It’s a shame that the burden of proof is falling on the consumer and not Sony, especially when the capability to install Linux Not Just for Desktops: 10 Devices You Can Install Linux On Looking for a new Linux project? These days you can install Linux on almost anything: tablet, laptop, even a router! Read More was touted as a headline feature of the system.

While you can prove your purchase by providing the serial number of the machine and your PSN username used before the Linux feature was removed, it’s up to you whether it’s worth the $9 to do so.

Did you run Linux on your PS3 before the feature was removed? Let us know if you’ll be filing a claim in this suit down in the comments!

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  1. freeemikevick
    October 25, 2016 at 10:21 am

    I too purchased an early 60gb/ 4usb port model and i had no intention of installing linux.
    seems to me that removing /disabling product features after the product has been sold is an outrage.

    i still have my original PS3 do you hink that is proof enough?

    • Ben Stegner
      October 31, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      As long as you have your system's serial number and a PlayStation Network username that was active at the time, I believe Sony is accepting those as proof. Thus, you would be eligible for the lower tier of payment.

  2. likefunbutnot
    October 19, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I bought my 80GB PS3 with cash and while I still have both the retail package and the original receipt (which is taped to the box), it's so faded that it's illegible at this point. On the other hand, I never used my PS3 for gaming, so it was never updated to the point that Linux stopped working. Guess I'm out of luck on the free money train.

    • J
      October 20, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      You could scan the faded receipt and adjust contrast, gamma, and saturation to see if you can bring out the print.

    • Ben Stegner
      October 31, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      In addition to the receipt trick, if you had a PSN account at the time, you can provide the serial number of the system and that account as proof.

  3. Matt
    October 18, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Once again, an american assumes that only americans use the internet. *sigh* Offer valid only in the USA.