Owned a Vita Before June 2012, Here’s How To Get FTC Claim Stuff Now

Posted by at 1:51 pm on April 6, 2015


Late last year Sony agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over claims that it falsely advertised the PlayStation Vita console at launch. Anyone in the U.S. who purchased the handheld prior to June 1, 2012 is entitled to $25 cash or one of three different game bundles. Here’s how.

The company handling Sony’s settlement started sending out instruction emails today—I got mine this morning—directing customers to a claims website. Eligible purchasers must complete the process before June 30, 2015 in order to claim their goodies.

What’s The Situation?

Consumer complaints alleged that early ads for the PlayStation Vita urged purchase based on features that were not available or never came to fruition. Remote playing PlayStation 3 games, playing online multiplayer games over a 3G network and extensive PS3/Vita cross-saving were touted but never materialized in a satisfactory fashion.

So yeah, gives us some stuff, Sony.

What’s The Payout?

Eligible claimants can select from three options.

  1. A $25 check.
  2. $25 in PSN credit.
  3. One of three different game bundles.


The PSN credit looks to be the best deal. Settlement check take forever to arrive in most cases, and the bundles aren’t that good.

How To Get Your Stuff

The claims website is now up and running. Just follow the instructions there and have your Vita with you since you will need your model and serial number.


If your serial number has faded, you can hook your Vita to a computer and look under properties.

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