PlayStation Vita owners who purchased the system before June 1, 2012 can now claim cash or downloadable game rewards as part of a settlement with the FTC over Sony’s misleading advertising claims.
Claimants can now go to vitaclaims.com and fill out a PDF form with their personal information and their Vita system serial number (or original proof of purchase). Eligible owners who print and return the form can choose from one of the following options:
- A check for $25
- A $25 credit to their PSN account
- One of the following three packs of downloadable games:
- Action/Adventure Pack: God of War collection (PS3), Beyond two souls (PS3), Twisted metal (PS3), Unit 13 (Vita)
- Family Friendly Package: Little Big Planet 2 (PS3), Puppeteer (PS3), Uncharted: Golden Abyss (Vita), ModNation racers (Vita)
- Variation pack: God of War collection (PS3), Little Big Planet 2 (PS3), ModNation racers (Vita), Unit 13 (Vita)
The settlement resolves complaints the FTC filed against Sony for ads that oversold Vita’s “Remote Play” feature with the PS3 and falsely suggested that live online multiplayer was available on the portable over a 3G connection. Customers who registered an early Vita with Sony via PSN should receive settlement emails shortly, if they haven’t already.
In 2013, Sony offered a similar settlement for those affected by the massive hack of the PlayStation Network in 2011. That settlement came in response to the kind of class action lawsuit that companies like Microsoft and Valve are blocking users from using clauses in their submit to end users.