Did you install Linux on your PS3? If you can prove it, Sony owes you $55. If not, but you still owned a PS3, they’ll give you $9. It’s all part of a settlement from a case over the removal of the PS3’s “Other Operating Systems” feature.
Back in 2010, Sony removed the ability to install Linux from the PlayStation 3. Since this was a promised feature of the system, people sued and eventually, five years later, you can reap those rewards. Now, you can make a claim. As long as you can provide a proof of purchase of your PS3 (the original “Fat” version) or evidence of a PSN sign-in with the serial number, you can get $9. If you want the full $55, you’ll need to provide some proof. What kind of proof? Here’s what Sony needs from you:
- (a) proof of purchase before April 1, 2010 of a version of Linux that is compatible with and was installed on your Fat PS3;
- (b) proof that you downloaded a version of Linux that was compatible with and was installed on your Fat PS3 prior to April 1, 2010;
- (c) a screenshot (or picture) showing Linux operating on your Fat PS3;
- (d) a screenshot (or picture) showing that a portion of your Fat PS3 hard drive is still formatted for the Other OS with Linux installed;
- (e) proof that you communicated with SCEA or a third party before December 31, 2010, to discuss your use of the Other OS or your concerns about Update 3.21, for example, copies of an email from you or a message that you posted on a message board that discusses your use of the Other OS functionality or Linux on the Fat PS3; or
- (f) any other documentary proof you may have that shows that you used the Other OS functionality before April 1, 2010 that the Settlement Administrator determines to be valid.
You’ll find everything you need to submit your claim over on the dedicated settlement page below.