In re Sony PS3 “Other OS” Litigation


If you purchased a Fat PS3 in the United States between November 1, 2006, and April 1, 2010, from an authorized retailer for family, personal, and/or household use, you are a Class Member and may be eligible to submit a claim to receive a cash payment.


A proposed Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (“SCEA”) challenging the issuance of a firmware update to disable the “Other OS” functionality from PlayStation® 3 “Fat” model computer entertainment consoles (“Fat PS3s”). The Other OS function enabled users to run Linux as an alternative operating system on Fat PS3s. SCEA denies that it did anything wrong. The Court has not decided who is right in the lawsuit.

Class Members who submit a claim with the required proof of purchase and proof of use of the Other OS feature are entitled to receive $55. Class Members who submit a claim with proof of purchase and attest that they intended to use the Other OS function, lost value or desired functionality, or believe they were otherwise injured are entitled to receive $9.

Your legal rights are affected whether you act or do not act. Read the information on this Settlement Website carefully. Your rights and options, and the deadlines to exercise them, are explained on this Settlement Website.

The Court will decide whether to approve the Settlement. Proposed payments to Class Members who do not exclude themselves from the Settlement will be made if the Court approves the Settlement. Please be patient and check this Settlement Website to find out when the cash payments may be available.

SUBMIT A CLAIM If you are a Class Member, you can submit a Claim Form online here or by mail to the address provided below. The deadline to submit a Claim Form has passed. See FAQs 8 - 10 for more details.
EXCLUDE YOURSELF FROM THE SETTLEMENT You won’t receive a cash payment from the Settlement. This is the only option that allows you to retain your right to bring another lawsuit against SCEA about the claims in this Lawsuit. The postmark or email deadline to exclude yourself has passed. See FAQ 16 for more details.
OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT Write to the Settlement Administrator if you don’t like the Settlement. You may object to the Settlement and also submit a claim for payment under the Settlement. The postmark deadline to send an objection has passed. See FAQs 18 – 19 for more details.
ATTEND THE HEARING The Court has set a hearing on January 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. regarding the fairness of the Settlement. You may appear at the hearing, but you don’t have to. You may hire your own attorney to appear for you. See FAQs 21 – 23 for more details.
DO NOTHING If the settlement is approved and you do nothing, you will not receive a cash payment. You will be bound by the settlement terms and judgment and will not be able to later sue SCEA about the claims in this lawsuit. See FAQ 15 for more details.