Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FTC Tells Sony to Issue Compensation for Failed Vita Promises

Do you feel like Sony did not live up to the PS Vita advertising?
The Federal Trade Commission has settled with Sony Computer Entertainment America over charges that the company intentionally misled the public with the advertising surrounding the launch of the company's handheld PlayStation Vita in 2011 into 2012.

SCEA will provide financial compensation to anyone who purchased a PS Vita before June 1st, 2012. Purchasers will be notified by the company once the settlement has been finalized and can choose between a $25 cash refund or a $50 voucher for SCEA select games and services. SCEA has also been barred from making any other misleading advertising claims about future products.

The official complaint of the FTC dealt prominently with the promises to consumers about the Vita's remote play feature with the PS3, including 'data-rich' games such as Killzone 3, as well as the promise of 3G multiplayer.

"As we enter the year's biggest shopping period, companies need to be reminded that if they make promises to consumers,  as Sony did with the 'game changing' features of it's PS Vita, they must deliver on those pledges," said Jessica Rich, the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection director.

It seems like the FTC is really jumping on various companies, and it's quite refreshing to see the entity start fighting back for consumers. For more news on Sony, PS Vita and gaming news today, keep it locked to The Jesters Court.

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