Consoles PlayStation Vita owners, here's how to claim your class action lawsuit award

Shawn Knight

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If you purchased a PlayStation Vita handheld console before June 1, 2012, you may be eligible for an award from a class action lawsuit over deceptive advertising claims.

The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Sony last year. In Sony’s advertising campaign for the PS Vita before it launched, the company touted three notable features: remote play, cross-platform gaming / saving and 3G play. The FTC claims that Sony misrepresented how these features would work and how many games supported them.

For example, most PlayStation 3 games are not remote playable on the Vita primarily because the PS3 wasn’t designed with that feature in mind. The 3G feature, meanwhile, doesn’t allow users to engage in live, multiplayer gaming over a cellular network (3G gaming is restricted to asynchronous (turn-based) play).

Those eligible for an award can choose between a $25 check, a $25 PlayStation Store credit or one of three game bundles for the PlayStation 3 and Vita:

  • Action / Adventure: God of War Collection (PS3), Beyond: Two Souls (PS3), Twisted Metal (PS3) and Unity 13 (Vita) with a combined retail value of $92.95.
  • Family Friendly: LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3), Puppeteer (PS3), Uncharted: Golden Abyss (Vita) and ModNation Racers: Road Trip (Vita) with a combined retail value of $100.46.
  • Variety Pack: God of War Collection (PS3), LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3), ModNation Racers: Road Trip (Vita) and Unity 13 (Vita) with a combined retail value of $66.46.

Those eligible for an award will need to fill out a claim form by July 29, 2015. The form requires the serial number from your Vita to verify the date of purchase.

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TS Redneck
^^ I'm happy for you getting something out the paper weight. How much did you spend on the Vita? Did you get your money's worth out of the device or are you still in a negative balance?


TS Member
I got my Vita (AT&T version) while I was mobilized. I had it for about a month before one of my so called 'battle-buddies' stole it. During that month, I had three games I bought for it Unit 13 was played the most. It was clunky, but I wanted my Socom fix. The other two games were Little Deviants and Marvel vs. Capcom were meh at best. I couldn't get used to the back touchpad for L.D. and I didn't like arcade fighters.

I mostly used the system to surf the web and watch movies and porn while mob'd. Hope that dude that took it face palmed himself every time he touched it. Honestly, might be a good thing he took it, besides me losing an *** of money on that thing, I regretted buying it. Should have gotten the 3ds instead.

Is it worth anything now? Keep the $25 smack in the face.


TS Evangelist
People use 3G for live gaming? I tried and trust me even if a system allows you it doesn't work :D


TS Addict
It's a shame because it had so much potential as a portable. The Vita is proof that great hardware specs alone don't equate to overall success.


TS Rookie
I'm so glad I saved my Vita receipt and box that it came in for 3 years... SAID NO ONE EVER