Sony Playstation Vita early adopters may be getting a cash settlement

If you were an early adopter of Sony's Playstation Vita, you may have some money coming your way.

Back when the Vita was first announced Sony touted features like cross-system play between the Vita and the PS3. We were led to believe that you could be playing a game on the PS3, hit pause, grab your Vita as you headed out the door and could pick up the game right where you left off.

While there were a handful of titles that did support cross-system play it was never quite that easy. You'd have to save your game to the cloud on one machine and load that save on the other machine. And you'd often have to buy two versions of the game as well.

That was one of the features that led the FTC to file false advertising charges against Sony and the company who handled the ad campaign, Deutsch LA.

As part of a proposed settlement agreement, anyone who purchased a Sony Vita before June 1, 2012 should be offered "either a $25 cash or credit refund, or a $50 merchandise voucher for select video games, and/or services." Sony is also "barred from making similarly misleading advertising claims in the future."

Once the proposed settlement is confirmed, Sony will "send email notifications to all consumers it can reasonably identify as having bought a PS Vita before June 1, 2012." The settlement agreement remains open for 30 days to allow for public comment. That period ends on December 29th, 2014, after which the FTC will decide whether to confirm the deal.

In other words, don't look for an email from Sony until January at the very earliest.

For more details you can read the FTC's complaint against Sony, their complaint against Deutsch LA, or the press release from the FTC.

Here is one of the offending ads.

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