Sony Owns Up to PS3 Linux Debacle – Might Have to Pay Millions to Gamers

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It’s only taken six years, however, Sony has now agreed (via ArsTechnica) to pay out millions of dollars following the 2010 firmware update that removed Linux from the PlayStation 3 home console.

The class action lawsuit represents as many as 10 million owners of the console, with the deal being agreed upon this past Friday. While the deal hasn’t been approved by a federal judge in California, if formalized, will see PS3 owners who installed Linux on the system receive $55, with owners who purchased the console under the impression they could use Linux receiving $9.

The lawsuit also rakes in $2.25 million in attorney fees, for the lawyers who worked at this case for years. The actual stipulation for the cash rewards are:¬†“all persons in the United States who purchased a Fat PS3 model in the United States between November 1, 2006, and April 1, 2010.”

It’s not reported how much Sony will have to pay out, however, with a simple test of math, it could easily cost the company millions.

Sony removed the Linux operating system from the PlayStation 3 under grounds that it was “due to security concerns.”

Finally, a hearing on the possible deal is scheduled for 2PM Pacific on July 19th, before US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, in Oakland, California.

Brandon Orselli


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