Sony in class-action suit over disabling PS3 OtherOS


And here I thought this was all over. Silly me.

A class-action lawsuit has been filed in the state of California seeking damages from Sony as a result of the console manufacturer's discontinuation of OtherOS support on PlayStation 3 consoles. As you may recall, the functionality which allowed users to install an operating system (i.e. Linux) that differed from the PS3's standard fare was disabled via a firmware update on April 1st.

The plaintiff in the suit, Anthony Ventura, claims that, "Sony's decision to force users to disable the OtherOS function was based on its own interest and was made at the expense of its customers." I'm not an attorney or a judge, but I would say that's probably the case. What I can't begin to guess at is whether the loss of OtherOS will be considered by a court to be a significant damage to consumers.

The odds of this suit getting a judgment in favor of the plaintiff seem low to me but, again, I'm not an attorney. I just get the impression that Sony's going to be able to demonstrate the impact that this has on the average user in such a way that they'll get out of any such damages.

PlayStation 3 Owner Files Class Action Suit Against Sony For Dropping 'Other OS' [Kotaku]

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