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  • Sony, FTC Settlement Results In Refunds for Vita Owners

    psvita_str_aboutThe Federal Trade Commission just announced that Sony Computer Entertainment America will settle false advertising claims relating to technical capabilities of the PlayStation Vita. During the US launch campaign between late 2011 and early 2012 they promoted the console’s remote play, cross platform and cross save features with ads. The FTC jumped on this and this settlement will result in the gamers getting either a 25$ or credit of a 50$ merchandise voucher for PlayStation games and services.

    Jessica Rich who is the FTC director on consumer protection stated:

    "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 earlier stated that the Vita would "revolutionize gaming mobility" by letting the users enjoy PlayStation 3 games using the features that were previously mentioned, but the FTC said that this was misleading to the consumers.

    In reality however this was only compatible with a few games some of this example are the pause-and-save capability that was talked about in some of the ads varied depending on the games played, FTC claimed that the Vita ads showed false and misleading information that stated that gamers with 3G Vitas would be able to play online over the PSN.

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