PS3 Drops Linux Support. Did Someone Say Class-Action Lawsuit?

Posted: Apr 29 2010, 8:16pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:53pm CDT, in News | Gaming

PS3 Drops Linux Support. Did Someone Say Class-Action Lawsuit?
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Hey, remember when Sony decided to remotely disable one of its highly-touted features from every Internet-connected PS3 in the world? Yeah, that's not sitting too well with people who own an original PS3 model.

Anthony Ventura claims he bought a PS3 specifically for its "Install Other OS" feature, but now that Sony remotely killed that feature from his system, he filed a lawsuit. And for proof that the American legal system is working correctly, it has become a class-action lawsuit.

Last month, Sony updated its PS3 firmware to version 3.21. The most controversial update to this firmware is the fact that it completely obliterated the ability to install an open-source operating system, like Linux, onto the console.

It said this was because of security concerns by not being able to easily control content spread around on the other OS. But people who used that feature were simply not able to anymore, and without any real warning.

The lawsuit states that this voluntary act by Sony "is not only a breach of the sales contract between Sony and its customers and a breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, but it is also an unfair and deceptive business practice perpetrated on millions of unsuspecting customers."

So basically, Sony tells you that by buying a PS3 you'll be able to install a third-party OS. Then after you buy a PS3, Sony takes away that feature.

More than 100 people have joined the class-action suit, which is seeking damages "in excess of $5 million." It seems the likely settlement is just to re-add the Other OS feature.

Via PC World

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