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Sony apologises for Vita launch issues

Platform holder releases firmware update to fix Japan crashes

Sony's apologised for PlayStation Vita Japan launch issues, including freezing units and touch screen problems, and released a firmware update.

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Sony released PS Vita in Japan this weekend and, like any hardware launch, it was never likely to go completely smoothly.

While there's no real way of telling how widespread early Vita issues are, videos started cropping up online yesterday showing consoles freezing, as well as non-responsive touch screens.

Some Vita owners were also reporting being unable to boot up their handhelds, despite them being fully charged, while one early adopter posted pictures of the portable with what appear to be screen "stains" or "spots" on its OLED display.

Here's hoping these issues are all fixed for the Western launch in February.

Thinking of getting a Japanese Vita? Read our PlayStation Vita import guide.

[ SOURCE: Engadget ]

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