Sony found itself in a bit of hot water over some of its early Vita commercials. The result was a class action lawsuit that was settled late last year, and it entitled early Vita adopters compensation in the form of either $25 store credit or the choice of a bundle of games valued at over $50. The emails with the voucher codes are being sent out now.

The content of the email are as follows:

Dear Customer:
We received your Claim Form related to your purchase of a PlayStation Vita handheld game console. Your request for the following benefit has been approved. To retrieve your approved benefit, please log in to your PSN account and use the voucher code listed below.
For instructions regarding the use of the voucher code listed below, please visit http://us.playstation.com/redemption[us.playstation.com]. Code expires on 2/29/16. If you have any questions concerning this e-mail, your benefit, or the settlement, please contact the settlement administrator at 1-800-410-5484.
VOUCHER CODE: [psn benefit code here]
Sincerely,
PlayStation Vita Settlement Administrator 

The main complaints in the lawsuit were concerning the way cross-save was portrayed as well as online play over the 3G connection.

You might remember the commercial featuring MLB 12: The Show which featured a man playing the game on his PS3, putting down the controller, and then picking up his Vita to continue the game while walking down the street. It was not made clear that you needed to in fact purchase both versions of the game, and in addition to this, cross-save did not work nearly that fluidly for The Show (and as a safety tip, never walk down the middle of the street staring at your Vita. That’s how people get hurt).

The other main complaint was that a number of commercials promoted the consoles ability to play multiplayer games, such as Madden, while on a 3G connection.  In reality, the 3G connection offered very little use and the number of restrictions put on it were vast.

If you were an early adopter who bought a Vita before June 1, 2012 and filled out a form for a claim, you can expect to see an email arriving shortly.

  • Lester Paredes

    Yay! I’m checking now.

  • Chesterlots

    Now, if the gamers were to decide the action to be taken, it would be either more commercial exposure (as long as they are honest), or more games developed/ported/remastered for the system. The money would be put to much better use that way, and Vita owners would be happy.

  • Zero Eternity

    This kind of explain why they don’t really give the Vita much attention advertisement wise. I know I would not be very keen to give much advertisement for my product if I got sued for doing so. Yeah it didn’t have the feature, but instead of just returning the device a person cost them more money and hassle. Not advertising it afterwards makes sense. That and they figured out people spread info on it themselves if they like the product. Edit ( Let it be known I did not buy the Vita for said feature so maybe my opinion is invalid.)

    • vongruetz .

      I didn’t buy my Vita for either of these features as well. The point of the lawsuit is to hold companies and their marketing agencies honest. And their marketing problems for the Vita extended well beyond these claims. They just chose the wrong message to push, and did a poor job communicating what makes the Vita so appealing. They had a huge budget for a big ad campaign, and they wasted it.

      • Zero Eternity

        true

  • Rochard Sauveur

    I got mine. Used it to get Resident Evil Revelations 2!!

  • Yoyitsu

    I got mine! I think I’ll buy Beyond: Two Souls, Grim Fandango (both on sale!) and Actual Sunlight with it.