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PS Vita’s Blue light of death needs firmware update fix asap

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.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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LostLilJon
LostLilJon

I have that same problem with mine! I have to wait until the entire batter to drain out in order for it to work again. And if it goes to sleep mode the screen will stay black forever with the blue PS light on. From there I can’t do anything except for pressing the power button for 30 seconds since i pressed both PS and power buttons (which usually the screen will light up right away). After the 30 seconds, it goes straight to the Recovery Mode which I tried all the options (Restart, Rebuild, Restore, and Update, well except… Read more »

Humbertorgr
Humbertorgr

Damn it. Im hating sony lately. I’ve been having a problem with my ps3 and a blinking black-and-white-doted screen. And now this on the first day I’m using it. This is too much.

Eric
Eric

Thank you so much, this just happened to my ps vita.
I did a quick search and found this. I was about to return it back to the store, but now it’s back to life. 

Zosmatech
Zosmatech

had it on my first wifi after doing the update, but the light stood solid, couldn’t get it out. this was the first day I had it, game stop replaced it with no problem. got a new one and one day later got the flashing light, but reset with no problem with the mentioned fix. after looking around seems a lot of people have this problem with the unit 13 demo. I too had just installed the unit 13 demo,, sound died on the unit while playing it.. reboot unit 13 came up.. started playing and the phone rang and… Read more »

Michael Keeter

Everything that people are describing as the blue light of death sounds like the built in power saver sleep feature…. Go to your settings and change the setting to go for a longer time.  If it is just the sleep feature simply press the ps button twice and then pull the screen down.  

Dragonflamer89
Dragonflamer89

Mine just had the blue death and I was gonna let the battery die but thank God I found UT site thank u

Aaron ShadowBroker Helfer

You guys should probably stop being dip shits and giving this guy crap for the “blue light of death” since its being referred to as that basically everywhere. Thanks for the info man!

alex merino
alex merino

actually i think all it needs is to charge

alex merino
alex merino

my also has this problem and it wont turn on
plz help

ReturnOfXero
ReturnOfXero

got the 3G version. FW 1.61 got this crap problem as well. but the problem when i put it in recovery mode nothing in the options work! nothing! not restore. not restart. not rebuild. and the update only goes to the point of downloading the FW again but back to square one after that

Mr Glennchapman88
Mr Glennchapman88

Thx dude! I was suppose to show it off today to my xbox friends. They were looking for a reason to down playstation yet again. So you saved my ass man. Now we are at the store buying them one. THXagain!

Edgar
Edgar

Hi Im from Mexico City , thank you for your advise, a few minutes ago my ps vita did this blinking, I was just about to return to my stroe to make a dev, but Ill be more carefully and search the web like this, thnaks again.

Ej McLaughlin

mine just did it and its 1.61 too. the power button only took me about 15 seconds, still an issue that needs fixing. i was trying to delete the unit 13 demo and it tried to go into standby while it was uninstalling. got a little scared but went straight to google

ThreeWayKiller
ThreeWayKiller

i did a firmware update to v1.61 and then my psvita became non reaponsive, all i get is a solid blue light not a blinking one i have tried booting it in system restore  but noting and holding the power button doesn’t do a thing. any one els have this problem wit the update?

Brylewicz
Brylewicz

this type of journalism is a joke! blue light of death (what death!!) this is a typical system freeze.   i’ve had vita since launch date december, and this  SYSTEM FREEZE, NOT DEATH! happened to me too, only once in the two months that i’ve had it. My android phone gets system freeze roughly around once every two weeks ands needs battery taken out to reset.

Marleyzack
Marleyzack

Same thing happened to me, first i almost freaked cz i bought my vita jan1 this year and there was no known fix at that time, so i just figured it out myself. But the thing is that Sony must address this problem if they want to have a successful launch this month of february. -edwardkeira

Darrell

 But if it doesn’t kill the system calling it death is over reacting. Unless you are just being cheeky.
This scared me when I first read it, shame on you!

andrew1953
andrew1953

I remember a similar sort of thing happening with the 3GS when it came out but it turned out to be a beat up.

Stanley Yu

Blue light of death my ass. You’re blowing this out of proportion just to get hits. It’s just a system freeze, happens to many devices even on smartphones.
This is why they say game journalism is a joke.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why on earth would we think you are overreacting? Red light of death on xbox 360 and yellow light of death on the ps3 basically bricked the system. You call this blue light of death to bring people on to your website and boost your hit count.
Is it good? nope of course not. Does it brick your system? nope apparently not. Thing is blue light of need to hold a button for 30 seconds just isn’t as catchy is it.

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