Before you get all worked up on how we may be overreacting, let us start by saying the PS Vita is a great bit of kit. Since we picked up our model from Hong Kong we have been delighted with what Sony has produced with the Vita overall, however we have discovered that there is one big problem that threatens to spoil Sony’s western launch plans.
The system is prone to a never-ending freeze issue. During our experience with the Vita, we can tell you that our system inexplicably shut down without warning and we were left with an unresponsive device and a blinking blue PS Home light in the bottom left hand corner of our unit.
Our first thoughts was – ‘how on earth do you reset this thing then?’, until we discovered that there wasn’t an easy solution available straight away which would solve the problem. The good news, is that the problem can be solved – but only by holding the power button down for around 30 seconds (no kidding) until the system shuts off and then a further hold of the power button brought the system back to life as normal.
It turns out that we were not the only ones who have experienced this blinking blue light (of death?). After some very quick digging we found that others had run into the same problem too, as you can see in a thread over at GameFAQs here. The thread mentions the problem occurring with the WiFi Vita, but we can confirm that ours happened with the 3G model – so both are affected. We’ve even found a video up on YouTube which unfortunately tells of the exact story, only this poor chap waited until the whole battery drained instead.
We’re not sure if Sony are aware of this problem, but if not they ought to be. We’re guessing that a simple firmware update will be able to fix the problem and stop it occurring from EU and US models, but at the moment – our Vita remains on firmware version v1.52. If you have experienced this problem on your imported Vita or have any additional questions on the 3G model, be sure to leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to answer your questions.