Ever Owned A PS3? Sony Might Owe You $65! Here’s How To Claim It Now

Cashback offer for those who purchased the first version of Sony’s PlayStation 3 (not the PS3 Slim or PS3 Super Slim) in the United States will get owed $65 by the company, and have a month to claim your cash.

Sony has made a big deal about the PlayStation 3 console being more than that, a console. In fact, Sony has launched the product back ago, it tried to sell the gaming console as a “computer” as well, going as far as to say that you could install and run Linux on it.

The company has it backed up by something allowing anyone who wanted to – including the US Air Force, famously – to install Linux on their machine. But technically a possibility turns out it was also a security issue, so Sony ditched the feature through a firmware update. Sony backtracked on everything it had said and eventually removed the ability to install Linux via its “OtherOS” feature completely.

A few PlayStation buyers filed a class action lawsuit against the company, though, it recently agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle the suit. The five main plaintiffs are each getting $3,500, and the remaining cash is being split amongst other PlayStation buyers, lawyers, and settlement organizers. Nevertheless, that’s still a couple of million bucks left over to pay back PS3 owners like you.

Now you can get your own back. What does that mean for you?

If you bought an original PlayStation 3 between November 1, 2006, and April 1, 2010 then you’re potentially entitled to some cash. As Sony agreed to pay the sum relating to the decision to ditch the option to install Linux almost eight years ago. While the settlement organizers will get up to $400,000 as well, but that leaves quite the collection of dollars left over for the likes of us.

So how do you claim? Well, you need to have made the purchase from an authorized PlayStation retailer in the US to qualify, which means Craiglist and dorm room deals don’t qualify. Only bought from an “authorized retailer” are eligible to receive up to $65 for each console bought. You can submit your claim via an online form and should be willing to attest under penalty of perjury those facts.

To get your cash you’ll also have to fill out the claim form and provide the serial number of your PS3 or your PlayStation Network Sign-In into that you use with the device or PlayStation Network Online (PSN) ID. And you only have up until April 15th 2018 in order to get that claim in. As always though, there are catches.

You’ll need to legally swear that you know of the ability to OtherOS/Install Linux functionality when you bought the machine and/or lost value of your PS3 when Sony decided to remove the feature.

Tick all those boxes? Time to get your $65! Sony ethically knows that will go into its coffers via the game you’ll likely spend it on, but still! Simply head over to otherossettlement.com/poc.php to get involved and started.

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