If you own one of the so-called “phat” PlayStation models then Sony will pay you $65 as part of its “OtherOS” settlement.
It’s been nearly 12 years since Sony first unveiled the PlayStation 3 to the masses. The original console was surprisingly heavy and very bulky, which resulted in it being called the “phat” PS3. It also included the ability to install an alternative operating system (Linux or Unix-based) alongside the main PS3 software. That was nice of Sony, but ultimately became a decision they would regret.
When the Slim model of the PS3 appeared, the so-called OtherOS functionality had been removed as part of a firmware update due to security concerns. That in turn resulted in a class action lawsuit which dragged on until a settlement was reached in 2016. As Polygon reports, the settlement allowed phat PS3 owners to claim $55, but the amount was increased to $65.
You may be surprised to hear claims can still be filed for this $65 pay out, but time is about to run out on the offer. If you own a phat PS3, you have until April 15 to submit the claim form. As part of the claim, you must state the PS3 was purchased from an “authorized retailer,” although how will they check? You are also required to provide your PSN username, PS3 serial number, and claim you know Linux could be installed or removal of the feature meant the PS3 lost value in your eyes. If you intend to claim, keep in mind this offer is limited to 20GB, 40GB, 60GB, and 80GB models.
$65 isn’t a lot of money, but it will buy you at least one new game on PS4. The real winners in this settlement are, of course, the lawyers who will receive up to $400,000. Five named plaintiffs also get $3,500 each.
If you’re wondering why terms and conditions you have to sign up to now include an “agreement not to enter into any class-action,” it’s legal action such as this against Sony that worried companies enough to better protect themselves.