Way back in the day, we're talking over a decade ago, Sony's PlayStation 3 had a "OtherOS" feature that allowed users to partition their hard drives and install Linux. The PS3 was originally pitched - and used - as a computer, and while the majority viewed and used it as strictly a gaming console, a healthy portion of the consumer base took that computer claim seriously.

Fast forward four or so years later and Sony released an update that removed the OtherOS feature, angering users that used the feature. They claimed that it amounted to false advertising and took Sony to court over it in a class-action lawsuit. Sony admitted no wrongdoing, but ultimately settled to the tune of $3.75 million. Five named plaintiffs will get $3,500 each, and the rest of the claimants - this could be you - will get up to $65.

In order to claim your share, you not only have to have had a 20, 40, 60, or 80GB PlayStation 3, but you have to swear - under penalty of perjury - that you bought your console new from an "authorized retailer," (this just means you didn't buy it from a friend or random third party seller) installed, planned to install, or at least knew you could install Linux on it, and that your console lost value or was otherwise hurt when Sony pulled the option. You'll need to provide your PS3's serial number and your PSN username.


You can make your claim at the official page. If this applies to you, you should definitely follow through. As trivial as it may seem to those who never took advantage of it, Sony did offer a feature and then yanked it, which would definitely be a bummer to those who got use out of it.

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