Sony has gotten some criticism lately over the removal of their “Other OS” feature via the optional firmware update released on April 1, 2010.
According to IGN this features removal has caused four class action lawsuits. The most recent of these has been filed by Keith Wright of San Diego, California on May 6, 2010. All of these suits have been filed in response to the removal of the “Other OS” feature. This update forces owners of the console to choose between removal of the OS feature or being locked out of a number of the consoles basic functions.
The decision has been hotly debated since Sony decided to make the move and seems that a great number of PlayStation 3 gamers actually use this feature. Even the United States Air Force has expressed some woes over the loss of the feature. The most recent suit’s conditions include monetary compensation for the cost of the PS3, legal fees and other damages.
To be honest, there is no way of knowing how this all will play out. However, there is a precedent and it would seem that Sony violated some clear laws on the matter. Overall, the suits are protesting a breach of sales contract between Sony and the purchasers. The lawsuit claims that Sony is in violation of said contract as they advertised the “Other OS” feature as a selling point for the PS3 console only to remove it at a later date.
In legal terms, (and forgive me if I’m mistaken as I’ve thus far specialized in criminal law) the suit alleges that the defendant, Sony, was unjustly enriched through the advertisement of features and then removed these featured without reimbursement to the purchasing parties. The suit also alleges that the “Other OS” removal violates the California Business and Professions Code.
Basically, Sony sold you the horse then cut off one of its legs after you paid in full.
Overall, there are five claims for relief. All can be viewed here, as well as the full copy of the suit.