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Sony Settles w/ FTC Over False Vita Claims - Early Adopters get $$$


#1 iamsmart   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1169 Posts   Joined 10.1 Years Ago  

Posted 26 November 2014 - 07:04 PM

Did you see this, did you hear about this? [/leno]

 

http://www.washingto...the-ps-vita-is/

 

Sony recently settled with the FTC over a complaint about some of the Vita's launch-era advertising for features that did not perform as promoted, namely the PS3-Vita cross-platform functions. The FTC also filed a complaint against the Vita's advertrising agency for erroneously using the hashtag "#gamechanger", striking a serious blow to people who love to tweet over-used, hyperbolic words.

 

What does that mean for you? Well, if you bought a Vita before June 2012, you should soon be recieving an email from Sony offering you either $25 in cash/credit, or $50 towards a select game.

 

I bought a Vita at launch, and didn't even notice any of this shit, but I'll gladly take a credit if they are offering it.



#2 ApolloSupreme   Seasoned Vet CAGiversary!   278 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 26 November 2014 - 07:27 PM

Score. I was buying no matter what the ad said. I wasn't buying it due to an ad and I'm sure most early adopters are like this.

#3 G_x51   World Warrior CAGiversary!   2573 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 26 November 2014 - 07:41 PM

So how does it know? Having a vita registered to your psn user name during those dates?

#4 eulogywerd21   Jesus wept CAGiversary!   3791 Posts   Joined 12.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 26 November 2014 - 08:08 PM

Of all the other many more flagrant and obvious similar lies made in electronic entertainment, this is the one that ends up costing a company. Whatever. I bought early, the week after launch, and traded a year later. Not holding my breath until I see an email, though.



#5 Asmith906   CAG in Training CAGiversary!   2110 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

Posted 02 December 2014 - 04:48 PM

Anybody get a email over this?

#6 iamsmart   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1169 Posts   Joined 10.1 Years Ago  

Posted 04 December 2014 - 01:29 AM

Nope, nothing yet. Give a heads-up when you get something!



#7 ApolloSupreme   Seasoned Vet CAGiversary!   278 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 01:41 AM

Nothing either.

#8 stepasyd   add me! CAGiversary!   618 Posts   Joined 11.6 Years Ago  

Posted 04 December 2014 - 01:44 AM

subscribing for any updates. I was a Day-One adopter, maybe kept the thing 6 months. just didn't really see it making any progress, and figured I'd cut my losses while I could still get a decent amount for it...



#9 ApolloSupreme   Seasoned Vet CAGiversary!   278 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 02:17 AM

I think they'll know who to credit based on who registered.

#10 stepasyd   add me! CAGiversary!   618 Posts   Joined 11.6 Years Ago  

Posted 04 December 2014 - 02:25 AM

Hope so, because I don't know how I'd be able to provide proof of payment, that original receipt is long gone....



#11 ApolloSupreme   Seasoned Vet CAGiversary!   278 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 03:37 AM

Because it's a court order I don't know if Sony can really be stingy with this. If you registered the console back in the day then they have a record of that. Either way I think you should have kept your Vita. I am a day one Vita owner and a day one 3ds owner. I haven't turned on my 3ds in like 10 months. I play my Vita every day, the screen is so awesome and the back catalog, along with PS Now is amazing. Maybe when the new 3ds gets out of Japan I'll have to reassess but right now my preference is the OLED, dual sticks with the huge gaming catalog stretching all the way back to my childhood. Plus remote play of my PS4 while in bed is @#$&'in checkmate for me.

#12 WonkyToad   Switch Friend Code = SW-5381-8720-3041 - ADD ME!... if you w CAGiversary!   962 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

Posted 10 December 2014 - 12:44 AM

Ok so according to the article, it would have to have been bought by the end of June 2012. Judging by the poor initial sales, not many people bought it in those first 5 months.

#13 DeathMoJo   The Navy Guy CAGiversary!   1456 Posts   Joined 17.5 Years Ago  

Posted 22 December 2014 - 03:53 AM

If you read the FTC statement, they are allowing public comments for 30 days before final judgement on everything on December 29th.  I am sure sometime in early January those of that were early adopters (day one purchase here) will get notified. 

 

I'd love to see the $50 "merchandise" credit allowed to be PSN credit and not just toward something on the Sony Store.  I guess another year of PS+ couldn't hurt for free.



#14 stepasyd   add me! CAGiversary!   618 Posts   Joined 11.6 Years Ago  

Posted 28 January 2015 - 03:27 AM

anyone ever hear anything out of this?



#15 DeathMoJo   The Navy Guy CAGiversary!   1456 Posts   Joined 17.5 Years Ago  

Posted 02 February 2015 - 05:58 AM

anyone ever hear anything out of this?

Nothing updated on the FTC page yet.

 

http://www.ftc.gov/e...rica-llc-matter



#16 HandsomeDan   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   75 Posts   Joined 13.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 15 March 2015 - 05:19 PM

It's March, and I still haven't heard anything on this yet.

#17 stepasyd   add me! CAGiversary!   618 Posts   Joined 11.6 Years Ago  

Posted 15 March 2015 - 09:54 PM

Still nothing here either. Thanks for bumping, good to know I'm not the only one.

#18 DeathMoJo   The Navy Guy CAGiversary!   1456 Posts   Joined 17.5 Years Ago  

Posted 02 April 2015 - 05:47 PM

Official announcement on the FTC website as of March 31st. Sony has 5 business days to start notifying people. $25 check or $25 PSN credit, or $50 toward services/games (vague statement).

It also outlines how to contact them within 90 days if not contacted for a refund/credit.

Press release:
https://www.ftc.gov/...g-sony-computer

#19 SynGamer   Daydreamer & Dilettante. Rated M for Mature. CAGiversary!   8804 Posts   Joined 15.1 Years Ago  

Posted 04 April 2015 - 02:21 AM

So any word on how we're going to be contacted? Email I assume? I'm hoping it's $50 that can be put towards PS+, I'd be happy with that resolution.



#20 DeathMoJo   The Navy Guy CAGiversary!   1456 Posts   Joined 17.5 Years Ago  

Posted 04 April 2015 - 03:34 AM

So any word on how we're going to be contacted? Email I assume? I'm hoping it's $50 that can be put towards PS+, I'd be happy with that resolution.

It is slated to be via email according to the settlement. 

 

I am interested in what the select $50 worth of merchandise/video games will be.  Wouldn't mind using that toward some items on the Sony store.



#21 SynGamer   Daydreamer & Dilettante. Rated M for Mature. CAGiversary!   8804 Posts   Joined 15.1 Years Ago  

Posted 05 April 2015 - 10:48 AM

Just got the e-mail, can't remember my login...once I do it sounds like they will give more detail on the $50 (or more) merchandise. I'm thinking a newer game or some sort.



#22 filmthedead   Worse Than Furries CAGiversary!   901 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 05 April 2015 - 11:02 AM

Just got the e-mail, can't remember my login...once I do it sounds like they will give more detail on the $50 (or more) merchandise. I'm thinking a newer game or some sort.

That site seems sketchy as Fuck.



#23 SynGamer   Daydreamer & Dilettante. Rated M for Mature. CAGiversary!   8804 Posts   Joined 15.1 Years Ago  

Posted 05 April 2015 - 11:18 AM

That site seems sketchy as Fuck.

Oh yeah, you're telling me...I had to load it in IE just to get it to render properly. Going to wait for confirmation before requesting lost password. That being said, it's kind of reassuring that you apparently received the same e-mail?



#24 filmthedead   Worse Than Furries CAGiversary!   901 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 05 April 2015 - 11:26 AM

Oh yeah, you're telling me...I had to load it in IE just to get it to render properly. Going to wait for confirmation before requesting lost password. That being said, it's kind of reassuring that you apparently received the same e-mail?

A ton of people did. There's at least 1 GameFaq thread on it, a thread on PS Community. Everyone agrees it is sketchy, no one knows how to log in.

 

Apparently, the sqemail or whatever it is was also used when Apple and another group were contacting people, so that part seems legit-ish at least. The rest, not so much.



#25 RedvsBlue  

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Posted 05 April 2015 - 12:11 PM

I qualify and I got the email but I can't figure out how to log in either. Is it an FTC account, is it tied to our PSN?

#26 filmthedead   Worse Than Furries CAGiversary!   901 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 05 April 2015 - 12:14 PM

I qualify and I got the email but I can't figure out how to log in either. Is it an FTC account, is it tied to our PSN?

No one knows, but until the site is verified and we know how to log in, I suggest you don't try logging in with any accounts/passwords that you care to keep secure.



#27 spmahn  

Posted 05 April 2015 - 01:42 PM

Yeah, I got the email too, no clue what my login should be though, and the retrieve password link doesn't appear to work, at least not in Chrome.



#28 filmthedead   Worse Than Furries CAGiversary!   901 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 05 April 2015 - 01:55 PM

When I used IE it let me accept a different certificate which let that window appear as it should. It asks for a username, then has a 'retrieve password' button.

 

Can't seem to get it working on firefox or chrome though.



#29 SynGamer   Daydreamer & Dilettante. Rated M for Mature. CAGiversary!   8804 Posts   Joined 15.1 Years Ago  

Posted 05 April 2015 - 02:35 PM

EDIT: the online form is now live.



#30 Kazuya   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   236 Posts   Joined 15.8 Years Ago  

Posted 05 April 2015 - 03:52 PM

Almost everyone I know is taking the credit (the games suck) but I think I will take the check. I'd take the credit if you got it instantly, but seeing as how you have to wait until the end of the redemption period either way I'd rather have the flexibility of money.