PlayStation Vita Buyers Are Reporting All Sorts Of Problems

Vita launched in Japan on Saturday, and it sold an impressive $728,000 units upon release. That’s got to have a lot to do with its much stronger slate of launch titles than the weaksauce lineup Nintendo paired with the launch of 3DS. But naturally a hand-held with as many features as Vita is going to have problems, and the reports are coming in fast and furious*. It seems launch copies are experiencing numerous issues with the touchscreen, in which it simply doesn’t register contact without making several attempts, and an annoying tendency to freeze when certain applications are activated.

Here’s a video posted to YouTube by one such customer aptly demonstrating the problem:

I half expected to hear “ファック. 君.” or some similar oath, but Japanese people are far more polite than I am. Of course, as Jim Sterling wisely notes over on Destructoid, this is to be expected, considering the tech is new and feature-rich. Hopefully Sony will have a few of these kinks worked out by the time Vita launches stateside on February. In the meantime, Japanese Vita owners can take heart in the fact that they can still feel infinitely superior to people like me who own 3DS.

* Tokyo Drift. Get it? GET IT?

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4 Comments on PlayStation Vita Buyers Are Reporting All Sorts Of Problems


On December 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Wow Sony is really destroying their brand equity. They’re no longer no 1 in flat screen tv (samsung, lg), mp3 players, laptops, cameras, etc. Anyone buying Sony stocks?

Dave T

On December 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Jeez!! I mean this is an expensive purchase, you would think that it would be pretty much perfect out of the box! Maybe not buying it on release is the prudent thing to do here?


On December 20, 2011 at 1:48 am

has anything “gaming” related been perfect out of the box in the last few years? its all about getting a quik $ these days. as for the touch screen part is seems its only touch screen when you put it down on a table or youre lap. or just hold it on its back.


On December 20, 2011 at 10:27 am

Hopefully they’ll get these problems ironed out by the time it gets to the States.