Did you own or purchase one of the ‘fat’  PlayStation 3’s from last decade? If so, you have the chance to cash in on some free money. You might want to act fast though, the deadline is coming close.

A settlement filed in October 2016 tried to fix the ‘OtherOS’ feature from the operating system of the ‘fat’ PS3 console. The feature was controversial as it allowed users to separate different sections of their hard drives for additional storage. The most common use for this feature was to install the computer operating system Linux on the system. The ‘OtherOS’ feature was removed from Sony’s devices in 2010.

Sony has since agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle the lawsuit. PS3 owners were originally only supposed to receive $55 dollars, but that has since jumped up to $65.

Are you eligible?

On the settlement website, you are eligible for reimbursement for the ‘fat’ PS3 consoles between November 1, 2006 and April 1 2010. You must have purchased it from an authorized retailer, as well as:

  • Used the ‘OtherOS’ functionality
  • Knew about the ‘OtherOS’ functionality
  • Contend or believe that value or functionality was lost, or were injured as a consequence of Firmware Update 3.21 and/or the disablement of the ‘OtherOS’ functionality in the Fat PS3.

How do I file a claim?

You can file a claim online through the settlement’s website. You must provide at least form of verification in order to file.

  • Your ‘fat’ PS3 serial number
  • The PSN sign-in ID associated with the console
  • The PSN Online ID associated with the console

The deadline to submit your claim is Sunday, April 15.


About The Author

Katie K
Sr. Staff Writer

Katie has been playing video games since she was about ten, starting out destroying her older brother at Jet Moto on the original PlayStation. Now she evolved to to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Katie is a student at Boise State University and a digital news producer for a local company. In her free time, you can find Katie inhaling coffee by the pot and playing Overwatch.