When Sony wanted the PlayStation Vita to be the hottest handheld gaming device on the market, I don’t think they expected it to literally set ablaze.
A certain Japanese government agency has been investigating cases where Vitas would burn while plugged into charging ports. So far, there have been 31 cases of Vitas burning since the Japanese launch. However, this incident seems to be somewhat isolated. Yomiuri, a newspaper in Japan, has reported 23 cases in Japan and 8 cases in the U.S., UK, and Australia.
Sony isn’t ready to take the blame for malfunction just yet, and has attributed had has chalked it up to consumer carelessness. Since Sony isn’t taking responsibility and these cases aren’t in the thousands, Sony isn’t offering product recalls. Those who have found themselves with a crispy connector will have to pay for their own repairs. Hopefully this won’t become a wide spread crisis for Vita owners. I wouldn’t want to drop another $250 dollars for a replacement.