Amazon: Refunds On “OtherOS” PS3s?

Once again treat this with a very large pinch of salt, in fact have a whole bucket of salt on stand-by. NeoGAF Forum moderator Iapetus has cited European law Directive 1999/44/EC to Amazon and got a refund of £84 due to Sony removing the “OtherOS” function.

The law, which was accepted into European Parliament on 1 January 2002, is hugely exciting and a real page turner, I read it most nights for entertainment. The important section is this part:


“The goods must:

  • comply with the description given by the seller and posses the same qualities and characteristics as other similar goods
  • be fit for the purpose which the consumer requires them and which was made known to the seller at the time of purchase.”

The key section here is “which was made known to the seller at the time of purchase.” At the time of purchase of the 60 gig models Sony said you could install “OtherOS” and now you cannot. The law is applicable for six years from date of purchase so Amazon has allegedly coughed up the cash.

Before you all run off and start up Game, Amazon and, it should be noted that if you own a PS3 then you really need to read the small print – you know that nice booklet that comes with the PS3 and is full of very tiny writing. It states:

“Without limitation, services may include the provision of the latest update or download of new release that may include security patches, new technology or revised settings and features which may prevent access to unauthorized or pirated content, or use of unauthorized hardware or software in connection with the PS3 system.”

Thanks for the tip, Lycangav.