PS Vita Freezes And Touch Screen Issues

Whenever new hardware launches, whatever it is, there are problems. The PS Vita is new hardware, and while I haven't experienced any hardware issues, others have. These are some of them.

According to YouTube videos, there are some machines experiencing lock-ups and freezing. One error appears to occur during the System Update, which then freezes. Another issue seems to be a non-responsive touch screen. It's still early in the hardware's launch cycle, so it's difficult to discern how widespread the issue is. Pro-gamer Kiryu Tsukimiya tweeted that he's soon experienced it.

When the PS Vita freezes, the hardware apparently will not shutdown. A writer at Japanese news site Rocket News experienced that issue during Shin Sangoku Musou Next online play.

When the machine is in its regular operational state, if you press the power button, the Vita should shutdown. If it does not shutdown then, Sony's PS Vita help page said to try the following: keep holding the power button for 20 seconds until the front screen goes dark. Then, press the power button for five seconds to turn it back on. That apparently should work, and according to the Rocket News writer, it powered down his Vita. However, he repeatedly experienced the bug while playing Shin Sangoku Musou Next online.

These aren't the only issues, though. Online, some PS Vita owners are also reporting that they cannot boot up their PS Vitas, even though the handhelds have a full charge. There could be an explanation for this, and Rocket News has a walkthrough, that consists of questions to determine if the PS Vita owner held down the power button long enough or if the handheld is simply in standby mode.

I'd imagine these sort of issues would be handled by the time the Vita launches in the West in Feb. 2012. One of the more worrying issues, however, is the possibility of screen "stains" or "spots" on the OLED display. One Japanese PS Vita owner uploaded photos of his Vita screen, which supposedly shows display screen issues.

Oh, the joys of launching new hardware and being an early adaptor. That's what system updates and hardware upgrades are for — fixing.

「PSVITA」にフリーズする不具合多発! その対処方法 [Rocket News]


    which makes it quite better that when it is released in western countries, hopefully most of these problems would be fixed

    I too am having some issues :|

    Damn, that sucks:(

    I purchased it for Christmas for 475 Euros, burning my 8 months of savings which I earned from tuition fee and McDonald job, and this is what I got, problem from the first day. Its hangs so badly... I have to fully discharge to restart, and then it hang again. Please help me, how can i return this product and get my money back.

    Very disappointed. Sad Christmas for me :-(

    Kevin from Belgium

    Its the sticky square button situation again like the launch PSPs in Japan. I had no issues with the US model a few months later. Hopefully history will repeat there and the US/EU models will be problem free.

    20 goddamn seconds to hard power the machine off??? 0_o

    @Kevin.S don't have to wait the battery is empty. The problem is in the Sony's Ps Vita F.A.Q : press power bouton for 20 sec minimum for an hard shut down of the device. after that you can turn on your vita. But you're right, thoses issues are really bad. (sorry for my english)

    20 seconds for a hard shutdown is horrible! I never had that problem with my PSP. What idiot in engineering thought that would be a bright idea? it's like using Ctrl+Alt+Del and having to wait 20 seconds every time before the damn Task Manger comes up!

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