Sony, FTC Settlement Results In Refunds For Vita Owners
That false advertising will get you every time.
As the Federal Trade Commission just announced, Sony Computer Entertainment America will have to settle false advertising claims related to the technical capabilities of the PlayStation Vita.
These ads ran during the portable's US launch campaign in late 2011 and early 2012 and they promoted the unit's Remote Play, cross-platform, and cross-save features. The FTC jumped on this and now, the settlement will result in gamers getting refunds. If you purchased a Vita before June 1, 2012, you're eligible for a $25 cash or credit refund, or a $50 merchandise voucher for PlayStation games and services. Sony will send emails to eligible consumers once the settlement is finalized.
Said FTC director of consumer protection Jessica Rich:
"As we enter the year's biggest shopping period, companies need to be reminded that if they make product promises to consumers--as Sony did with the 'game changing' features of its PS Vita--they must deliver on those pledges. The FTC will not hesitate to act on behalf of consumers when companies or advertisers make false product claims."
Sony claimed the Vita would "revolutionize gaming mobility" by letting users enjoy PlayStation 3 titles using the aforementioned features, but the FTC says this was misleading. This was really only possible with a few PS3 games, for instance, and the pause-and-save capability talked about in the ads varied from game to game. On top of which, the FTC claims Vita ads falsely stated that gamers with 3G Vitas could play online over the PSN and that isn't true.
Are you entitled to a little money?
11/25/2014 9:57:16 PM John Shepard