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PlayStation 3 early adopters can now claim 'Other OS' settlement cash

PlayStation 3 early adopters can now claim 'Other OS' settlement cash

Depending on your answer, you might be entitled to $55 or maybe just $9.

Considering Sony sold as many as 10 million PS3s during that time period, offering a refund now instead of leaving it up to the courts is probably the most economical option for them, especially considering many of those buyers never used the Other OS feature anyway. The lawsuit points out the feature that the PS3 had at launch called "OtherOS".

Those who purchased the original launch PS3 console between November 1, 2006 and April 1, 2010 from an authorized USA retailer can now submit claims to receive a cash payment, according to a settlement notice issued this week. In April 2010, Sony made a decision to remove the feature with a system software update for security reasons, but users weren't happy. This has upset customers back then saying that it is a breach of warranty along with false advertising and sorts of other offenses.

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PlayStation maker Sony and plaintiffs reached a settlement earlier this year and it was given preliminary approval by a federal judge in September. Fun fact: the lawsuit officially termed the console in question as "Fat" which was only exclusive for people in the gaming world.

The gaming site added that according to the agreed terms, the settlement is being grouped into two. Consumer A - has the same qualities as Class B but have actually used the OtherOS feature will receive $55 each. US residents who purchased a "Fat" PS3 during those dates, known as Consumer Class B, are eligible for a payment of $9 each. Only one claim can be submitted per console, with the claim forms also required to include the proof of purchase for the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Network ID, which was used on the console before April 1, 2010.

More details can be found in the FAQ section of the settlement website. Another hearing will be held on January 24 next year for the approval of the settlement, with the payments to be sent out about 40 days afterward. If approved, payments will be sent out about 40 days after.

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