As unlikely as it may be, products catching fire can be a pretty severe issue.

According to Andriasang citing source Yomiuri, a Japanese government agency is investigating cases of the PlayStation Vita burning up when the battery is recharging.

Sony says there have been a total of 31 instances of this mini-disaster since the new portable device launched in Japan last December. 23 happened in Japan while only 8 occurred in North America, the UK and Australia. Based on the hundreds of thousands of units sold, that puts the ratio of burning at .000-something percent but hey, we're talkin' about fire, here. Anyway, the issue seems to involve the connection slot between the charging unit and the Vita, and Sony's PR department say this isn't related to a product malfunction so there will be no recall.

Their theory? That liquid or other objects are getting inserted along with the recharging plug. Hence, if you burn it up, you'll have to pay for a new one.

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ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
8 years ago

Had my Vita for more than four months and this never happened on mine. Might be an isolated issue only.

frylock25
frylock25
8 years ago

how stupid do you have to be to plug in a cable wrong? have had only one issue with my vita where i had to do a manual reset of the system. other wise i have had no issues.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
8 years ago

Silly rabbit's….there's no "I'm thirsty" icon on the Vita.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

Any time anything is charging, especially Lithium cells of any kind, it's an incredibly poor idea to do anything that results in a short between the two terminals of the power connector. People need to stop dripping their sodas on their Vita while it's charging.

MyWorstNightmar
MyWorstNightmar
8 years ago

I knew the Vita is a hot item, but this is ridiculous.

___________
___________
8 years ago

seriously $ony, that is your excuse!?
come on, i refuse to believe 31 people are THAT stupid!
what they should be investigating though is the black dot problems all OLED screens have been having, and the rampant RSOD issues.
allot more people have been having those issues, then spontaneous combustion!

Jed
Jed
8 years ago

If you can't believe that only 31 people are that stupid then you have a lot to learn about this world.

Evil Incarnate
Evil Incarnate
8 years ago

@________________

Ignorance truly is bliss. Time to take off the diaper and start wiping your own a**.


Last edited by Evil Incarnate on 7/26/2012 8:43:28 AM

___________
___________
8 years ago

theres a BIG difference between stupidity, and shoving things in power slots and spilling liquids on them!

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

mmm, I dunno about that blankline. I think they're pretty closely related.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

Well, my vita has not locked up, no bad pixels, no over heating, and no explosions, except in game.

On the other hand, it's playing all my downloaded PSP titles very nicely, as well as the half dozen Vita titles I have for it. Once they put PS1 support back in the mix it will be more or less the perfect hand held gaming device.

Mdash0009
Mdash0009
8 years ago

@Jed It doesn't necessarily mean that they're stupid, it can just mean they didn't take care of it good enough. Anyone can accidentally get something tiny enough not to see ( if it's liquids, they're probably stupid) between the plug and the Vita.

Jed
Jed
8 years ago

@Mdash

I'm just saying that there are a lot of stupid people out there. Many more than 31.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
8 years ago

There was something along the lines of this going on but it was with a Wii I think, I don't remember the details of it though.

gumbi
gumbi
8 years ago

Well, I haven't had any troubles with my Vita yet. But I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss this offhandedly. I remember how everyone was dismissing the YLOD when it first started happening. I was flat out called a liar by several people because I was among the first to get YLOD on my precious 60gb launch PS3… sigh, that wound has never fully healed.


Last edited by gumbi on 7/26/2012 11:02:24 AM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

I can't believe no one else has done this…so I will.

Vita is such a hot device, it's literally burning up the market for hand held gaming….

OK, I'm done now.

Axe99
Axe99
8 years ago

Boom boom 🙂

As John says in the article, the actual incidence of this happening (around-a-bouts 31/2000000) is tiny, so it's almost impossible it's a design or systemic manufacturing problem. At this stage I'd chalk it as most likely human error.

wiiplay
wiiplay
8 years ago

My Vita has only failed once, and that was caused by Netflix being buggy as heck.

Ever since then, I've had absolutely no problems with my Vita, aside from an occasional network issue.