PS3’s Other OS removal = Cash refund? Not so fast…

I lol’d when I saw how many gamers were up in arms over Sony’s removal of the Other OS option in the last PS3 firmware update. Some calmed down when they saw that some hacky time brings back the option, but I’m still willing to bet that most gamers never bothered with installing another OS to their PS3.

To be fair, I totally get why you’d be pissed off when a company yanks a feature out from under you, used or not. I don’t like that either. NeoGAF member lapetus didn’t either. lapetus called forth the summoned beast known as European directive 1999/44/EC. This is a powerful one that requires products to be “fit for the purpose which the consumer requires them and which was made known to the seller at the time of purchase.”

The end result: Amazon refunded £84.00 for the return of a PS3 well out of warranty.

Engadget points out that Sony’s user agreement says that they can change features without limitation to “prevent access to unauthorized or pirated content, or use of unauthorized hardware or software in connection with the PS3 system.”

I’d rather have my non-other OS using PS3 than the roughly $128 lapetus got back in this refund. Maybe that’s just me. Maybe we’re all only buying consoles to run other OSes.

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