If you’ve had a PlayStation Vita for a while, you’ve probably come across, or probably will come across the flashing blue light error (which will most likely be referred to as the blue light of death in future) that can occur on the device at times. The symptoms of this error are that you cannot switch the device on, and the PlayStation button on the left-hand side of the handheld flashes blue continuously.
This should not be confused with sleep mode, where the button will flash blue intermittently, indicating that it has connected to a wireless network for a short period of time.
If you do encounter this error, all is not lost, all you need to do is follow these instructions.
- Hold down the power button (situated on the top-left of the handheld) for 10-15 seconds until the light stops flashing.
- The system should reboot, after which you will be presented with the PlayStation Vita recovery menu (pictured above).
- Most problems will get fixed by simply restarting the console, and options 1, 2 and 5 are non-destructive (meaning no data will be lost).
- Options 3 and 4 in the list are destructive, so make sure you backup your data often if you wish to keep your save files safe.
Why does this flashing blue light actually occur?
This error seems to happen quite randomly, but there have been a few cases where the error could be replicated.
- When the Unit 13 demo was first released, it would cause the PlayStation Vita to crash, which would be followed by the blue flashing light error. Restarting the system with the method outlined above fixed this issue.
- It is also known that if the console overheats, for example if you’ve been playing it outside in a hot country for a while, you will encounter this error. In order to fix this problem, you must allow your Vita to cool for a while, and then restart the console through the recovery menu.
This error also seems to occur if you have deleted game data, and moved around the icons on the screen. If this causes a blue light error for you, rebuilding the database (similar to defragmenting your hard drive) should fix the problem.
If you think simply leaving the handheld for a while will work, it won’t. I haven’t tried letting the battery completely die, but leaving the PlayStation Vita flashing with its blue light for 12 hours didn’t work at all. Whilst this error probably will be known as the blue light of death in the year’s to come, it’s not that big of a problem because the way to fix it is quite painless.
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