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Brazilian court orders Sony to unblock banned PS5s



The São Paulo court has apparently ordered Sony to “unblock” the PlayStation 5 consoles that they banned due to breaches of the Terms of Service.

According to a report from Metropolis (translation via ResetEra), consoles used to break Sony’s ToS were mainly bricked. Instead of just banning accounts, Sony made sure that the consoles no longer worked. It is unclear whether this only applies to PS5 Digital Edition or not. Metropolis’ report does not specify whether both versions of the PS5 were affected in any way, but said that “the device stops working and can not be used for any purpose” after the punishment.

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7;s as if you were accused of violating the terms of use of a streaming service – such as Netflix – and were punished for turning off the TV permanently, without being able to turn it on to watch open TV,” a said legal expert to Metropolis.

In his ruling, Judge Anderson Antonucci noted that there was a “danger of irreparable damage or difficult repair” when it came to removing Sony’s “lock” on the consoles. Metropolis claimed that this decision is “unique” in Brazil, where the PS5 costs around R $ 5000.

In late November, there were reports that Sony was actively banning accounts caught in a loophole that allowed users to unlock PlayStation Plus Collection for potential buyers for a fee. The Metropolis report does not mention whether these consoles were involved in exploiting the loophole or were banned for other reasons.

Sony has not yet responded to the ruling. We update readers when we have more information.

[Source: Metropolis via ResetEra]




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