Lawsuit over loss of Linux Support on Playstation 3Posted by Bic on Apr 29, 2010 in News, Sony Gaming | 4 comments
April the 1st saw the release of an official system update for the PlayStation 3, an update which has landed Sony in hot water with one disgruntled customer. The update – v3.21 disabled the ‘install other OS’ facility which basically blocked the ability to install the Linux OS on any PS3, although this feature was available on all but the ‘slim’ versions of the PlayStation 3 prior to the update.
PS3 owner Anthony Ventura has lodged a class action lawsuit against Sony because of the update for what he claims “disables a valuable functionality originally advertised as available” and as such he claims that “Sony has breached its own sales contract and deceived “millions of unsuspecting customers”. Mr Ventura also states that this lawsuit is being brought “on behalf of a nationwide class of all persons who purchased a PS3 during the period of November 17, 2006 to March 27, 2010 and who did not resell their PS3 before March 27, 2010″.
Sony are being asked to pay up to $5 million by the claimant as compensation and to cover legal fees. We will watch avidly as the case progresses as we’re aware of many unhappy PS3 owners that were unimpressed with Sony’s decision to remove the Linux support from the console, it should be interesting to see how the lawsuit plays out.