Sony sued over PS3 firmware update

Angry gamers take legal action. 

A pair of gamers who claim their PS3s were bricked by recent firmware updates have filed a lawsuit against Sony.

As reported by Gamespot the plaintiffs, who live in the US, claim the 3.0 and 3.01 updates mucked up their consoles, causing loss of controller use, Blu-ray drive malfunction and general bricking. Sony customer service types denied the problems were related to the updates, and said a fee of $150 would be required in order to fix the PS3s.

"Defendant's unlawful, unfair, and fraudulent business practices include, but are not limited to, misrepresentations regarding the fitness of the PS3 and software updates, failing to disclose defects in the system and software updates, and refusing to repair PS3 systems free of charge," alleges the lawsuit.

The plaintiffs want the suit to be awarded class-action status, which means it would refer to every PS3 owner who installed one of the relevant firmware updates. They're arguing for unspecified damages and restitution.

Sony has yet to comment on the matter.

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