Several reports indicate that Sony’s PlayStation Vita can dangerously overheat while recharging, but the company says the problem isn’t with the device.
A number of 31 overheating cases across the world have been admitted by Sony. 23 took place in Japan, and the other eight in the U.S., Europe and Australia. The incidents are described on Internet message boards as follows: “The portable game machine was recharging. The cable burned out and changed colors. The cause is under investigation.”
The National Institute of Technology and Evaluation, an agency that works on behalf of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, has indeed started an investigation, according to information in the Japanese press.
The company says however that the cause is that the recharging cable got wet or had something stuck to it. “There is no defect,” Sony said.
Sony also published a message on its Japanese PlayStation website, reminding users to “avoid exposing the Vita’s multi-use cable to liquids or foreign substances.”