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Sony PlayStation Vita overheats, tech watchdog investigates

The Sony PlayStation Vita has suffered problems with overheating while charging, prompting an investigation by Japanese authorities.

Mind your fingers, gamers -- the Sony PlayStation Vita has suffered problems with overheating while charging.

More than 30 people have complained about the Vita heating up: 23 in Japan and eight in the US, Europe and Australia. That's not many in the grand scheme of things, but it is enough for Japanese consumer body the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation to investigate the complaints.

The Vita is reported to overheat while charging, with the cable burning out and changing colour. Sony blames customers getting their Vita grimy: "When the PS Vita or multi-use terminal on its USB cable have foreign matter or liquids on them and are connected for charging etc, a partial short that leads to the terminal burning out can occur."

Sony adds, "There is no defect", and will not be recalling any units.

Anyone affected by overheating can exchange their Vita, but for a fee -- so don't get liquid, food or general gunk on your charging cable, you mucky pups, or you'll have to fork out.

The Vita suffered early problems when it was launched in December last year. It sold in the hundreds of thousands in the first weekend on sale in Japan but some of those wouldn't turn on.

Still, it's a rare bit of kit that works perfectly for everyone from day one. The new iPadiPod nano and Sony Bravia TVs have all been known to overheat to varying degrees of meltiness.

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