How to Get Your $65 PlayStation 3 Settlement


How to Get Your $65 PlayStation 3 Settlement

Yolanda Curtis
March 21, 2018

You may remember that years ago, a few owners of the original - fat - PS3s were so pissed off that Sony unceremoniously removed the console's ability to run Linux, that they filed a class action lawsuit against the company.

Past year we reported that Sony would likely be giving buyers of the original PS3 a partial refund as part of a lawsuit.


Shortly after the 2010 drop of Linux from the console through a firmware update that went largely unnoticed, a class-action lawsuit has been brewing.

If you bought an original PlayStation 3 (the "fat" one, before the PS3 Slim came out) between November 1, 2006, and April 1, 2010 in the United States, I have some good news. It later learned of complications with supporting this feature, called OtherOS, leading to it removing the feature and pretending it never happened. You have one month to do so. If you purchased an original "Fat" PS3 between November 1, 2006, and April 1, 2010 at an "authorized retailer" in the U.S. - so not Craiglist, where I bought mine - you're eligible to receive up to $65 for each original PS3 you bought.


In order to get your money, you must file a claim and provide your Playstation's serial number, or PlayStation Network Online ID, or the email address you used to create a PlayStation account. If you want to send a claim or claims, here is the form you need to fill out. We're talking about the 20GB, 40GB, 60GB, and 80GB fat models, not the Slim or Super Slim.

Sony Didn't Sony sell millions of these, though? Sony sold 10 million original PS3s in the USA, which would work out at less than $1 per person if everyone submitted a claim. However, if around 30,000 people submit a claim, each person would receive the original $65.


If that all describes you, head on over to the claims page to get the full details on how to submit a claim. You'll find instructions right here.

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