Sales of Sony's Vita have been struggling from the start, and even CEO Kaz Hirai conceded that it's on the "low end" of expectations. The company has tried the cross-buy program and free games already. The next plan? A referral program.
A referral bonus is giving $20 in PlayStation Network credit and 1,000 Sony Rewards points ($10) for each friend that buys a Vita after you recommend it to them. Your friends who buy a Vita will get $20 in credit too, to get them started buying games. You can stack up to 10 of these together, so you could potentially get $200 in PSN credit altogether. The promotion ends on February 28.
The phrasing is a little problematic, though. It asks interested users to "convince" their friends to buy a Vita system. That sounds less like a friendly recommendation and more like it will require serious debate, as if your friends will happily spend upwards of $250 if you make a really compelling case. That doesn't really send the best message for a system that's already not flourishing.