It took six years, but Sony has agreed to pay PS3 owners for a 2010 firmware update that removed the console’s ability to run the Linux operating system.
Ars Technica reports that Sony came to an agreement with lawyers representing PS3 owners on Friday, and that the company will have to pay $55 to anyone that used Linux on the PS3 prior to the firmware update, as well as $9 to anyone that bought an original “fat” PS3 based on the “other OS” feature. In order to get $55, a gamer “must attest under oath to their purchase of the product and installation of Linux, provide proof of their purchase or serial number and PlayStation Network Sign-in ID, and submit some proof of their use of the Other OS functionality.”
In order to get $9, a gamer ““may attest that he or she lost value and/or desired functionality or was otherwise injured as a consequence of Firmware Update 3.21 issued on April 1, 2010.”
It was widely believed that Sony removed Linux support over piracy concerns. Sony argued that the “other OS” functionality wasn’t that important to many of its users, and that the firmware update was technically optional.