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:
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]
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.