Sony Computer Entertainment America will be compensating early adopters of the Playstation Vita with either a $25 cash refund or a $50 voucher on certain games and services after the Federal Trade Commission ruled that some of Sony’s Vita advertisements were misleading.
The FTC took issue with some of the original advertising used to promote the Playstation Vita, specifically services that were essentially unavailable or rarely usable. For instance, the original claims of the Vita’s Remote Play functionality with the PS3 were brought into question. The original advertisements claimed that gamers would be able to benefit from “Cross Platform Play”, which would allow them to pause a PS3 game at any time and then pick up from where they left off on their Vita.
However, the FTC Report stated: “Sony claimed, for example, that PS Vita users could pause any PS3 game at any time and continue to play the game on their PS Vita from where they left off. This feature, however, was only available for a few PS3 games, and the pause-and-save capability described in the ads varied significantly from game to game.
“In addition, Sony failed to inform consumers that to use this feature, purchasers had to buy two versions of the same game – one for their PS3 and one for the PS Vita.”
Another incident came when Sony demonstrated Remote Play with Killzone 3 – a game that was never compatible with Remote Play.
Following the conclusion of the settlement, Sony will send notices for refunds to those eligible via email.