PS Vita website
The Sony PS Vita refund website is now live, according to Game Informer, and that means PS Vita owners eligible to claim a piece of the settlement can now do so. Three options are available, including a game bundle, according to VitaClaims.com, the website handling claims.
The problem is that the game bundle option is flawed. The majority of games only work on PlayStation 3 – not the PlayStation Vita – and none have the cross-play feature enabled.
According to Game Informer, the available settlement options are a bit different from those offered in the initial settlement announcement, which occurred November, 2014. At that time, Sony agreed to offer either a $25 cash or check refund, or a $50 game and services credit.
An email Sony sent to eligible owners details what those are and how to claim the offer, according to PlayStation Lifestyle, which can “receive either a check for $25 (or a $25 credit on your PSN account) or a merchandise voucher, but not both.” The merchandise voucher is good for one of three $50 game bundles.
It appears Sony designed the compensation options so that eligible PS Vita owners might choose the merchandise option instead of cash or PSN credit. Considering the low cost to mass produce games that come on CD, and the low cost of plastic, it is not surprising.
What is surprising is that the game bundles Sony wants to compensate PS Vita owners with include mostly PlayStation 3 games.
What if the PS Vita owners don’t have a PlayStation 3?
Sony is offering seven distinct game titles in all, some of which include God of War, Puppeteer, and Mod Nation Racers, among others.
The game bundles have total values ranging from $66.46 to $100.46. The problem is that even though each of the game bundles comes with four games, only three of the seven titles are compatible with the PlayStation Vita. Furthermore, none of the games offered has the cross-play feature enabled that would have allowed gamers to play on both the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.
That means a PS Vita owner who wants to take advantage of the game bundle option, but does not have a PlayStation 3 console has one of three choices. Either buy a PlayStation 3, settle for one or two game titles and sell or give away the others, or choose a different compensation option.
The settlement is the result of a lawsuit the Federal Trade Commission filed against Sony and Deutsche LA in November, 2014, which alleges both companies mislead consumers with false advertising, according to the FTC.
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