A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Sony for removing the "install other OS" option from the PlayStation 3. Back in March, Sony removed the ability to install another operating system on the PS3, and now, Anthony Ventura of California has filed a suit claiming that Sony intentionally disabled a "valuable functionality originally advertised as available."
The suit claims that Sony has breached its contract with users by removing the feature, and also accuses the company of deceptive business practices. The suit seeks compensatory damages as well as injunction relief. No specific sum was listed, however the suit says "the amount in controversy is in excess of $5 million."
The suit points out that PS3 users have:
"no ability to negotiate the System Software License Agreement's terms which was only provided to them after they purchased their PS3s, including the terms allowing Sony to remove functions at will, allowing it unilaterally change the System Software License Agreement at will and forcing consumers to either accept any changes in the System Software License Agreement or cease their use of their PS3."
Sony has always maintained it removed the "install other OS" feature from the PlayStation 3 for security reasons, basically to protect PS3 users from hackers, but Ventura's class-action suit claims the company was more concerned with software piracy than user-privacy. From the court filing:
"On information and belief, contrary to Sony's statement, the 'security concerns' did not involve a threat to PS3 users, but rather reflected Sony's concerns that the Other OS feature might be used by 'hackers' to copy and/or steal gaming and other content."
What do you think? Do you care about the Other OS function the PlayStation 3 used to have?