A Japanese agency is ‘investigating’ cases of overheating Playstation Vitas
Over 30 instances of Vita owners having their Vita’s overheat has been documented
While the amount of consoles that have so far overheated are only a tiny fraction of those sold so far, it’s worth remembering that the consoles are new to the market, and as dust and age become a factor it’s possible it will become worse. This has been cause for the Japanese government to step in and sanctioned an independant agency (Japan’s National Institute of Technology and Evaluation) to investigate the cause of the overheating.
The issue seems to occur when the Vita is being charged – and 23 times out of the 31 that the Vita’s overheating has been inside the in Japan. The others in the Vita’s other major markets: Australia, UK and North America.
Sony are cooperating with investigation by sending detailed reports of all of the incidents that have been sent to the investigating agency. Fortunately (both equally for the gamers and Sony) there haven’t been any nijuries because of the issue. The trouble likely arising from the connection slot where the charger and vita are ‘burning’ during the recharging process.
Sony aren’t ready to recall the Vita’s, and instead says “…(we) believes that the problem is with people having liquids or other objects inserted into the connection.”