PlayStation 3 "Other OS" Lawsuit Thrown Out


Posted December 13, 2011 - By Stephen Johnson

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Back in March of 2010, Sony changed the "add other OS" feature to their flagship console, the PlayStation 3.  The add other OS allowed for Linux installation, home-brewing and modding, but also reportedly lead to software piracy, so Sony took it out. Specifically, they made gamers choose between keeping the "Add other OS" feature and logging on to the PSN.

To be honest, you probably didn't notice the absence-- most gamers are content to use the operation system that comes with their console--but some hacker-types regarded the removal of the ability to put in another OS as removing a valuable function from the device, and they were mad enough to file a lawsuit.

Last week, that lawsuit crashed and burned, with a Federal judge throwing out the suit and being like, "Dudes, so sorry! Your suit is wickety-wack, and has been totally DIIIIIS-missssed!"

Okay, that isn't accurate. He actually was more like:

"The flaw in plaintiffs' [argument] is that they are claiming rights not only with respect to the features of the PS3 product, but also to have ongoing access to an internet service offered by Sony, the PSN."

The judge did concede that forcing the removal of the feature might make some gamers mad, saying:

"The dismay and frustration at least some PS3 owners likely experienced when Sony made the decision to limit access to the PSN service to those who were willing to disable the Other OS feature on their machines was no doubt genuine and understandable."

But he added: 

"As a matter of providing customer satisfaction and building loyalty, it may have been questionable. As a legal matter, however, plaintiffs have failed to allege facts or to articulate a theory on which Sony may be held liable."

So ends the saga of the Other OS feature.

Source: Gamasutra

PlayStation 3 "Other OS" Lawsuit Thrown Out


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