It appears there’s already trouble in paradise for Sony’s newly released (In Japan only for now) PS Vita.
A handful of stores in Japan have been reporting that there’s an array of glitches on the device; including the touch screen freezing, along with problems concerning turning the device on and off.
Sony have quickly hit back against the allegations and stated that whilst there may be some issues, they’re isolated incidents and not pertinent enough to be deemed as widespread issues. They’ve also stated that these incidents were to be expected, as they sold a whopping 325,000 units during the Vita’s launch last weekend.
Sony’s head of UK PR had to following to say: “The PS Vita has had a terrific launch and sold in large numbers. We’re annoyed with these stories, because we can’t find any evidence of widespread glitches” He also went on to say: ”The stories even said that Sony has issued an apology for PS Vita glitches, which simply isn’t true – there’s an apology on our Japanese website for people who are having trouble getting through to our technical help line, but that’s it. And there’s a page showing standard procedures for powering the PS Vita on and off, which has been on our site since before the launch, which has been presented in some news stories as a means of solving the alleged glitches.”
Sony seem to be putting these allegations down as translation issues and Chinese whispers. However, the recent firmware update has circulated more rumours that perhaps the Vita has faulty firmware to start off with, or perhaps the hackers who exploited the PlayStation Network earlier this year are back on the scene.
For now we’re left to wonder about what’s really going on behind the scenes as the Vita storms Japan. Regardless of these worrying reports, the Vita is still dominating the market right now, where it’s already sold 325,000 units in Japan during its debut weekend. Even if these allegations turn out to be true, Sony have plenty of time to polish their handheld device before it hits the rest of the world in February!