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PSP bursts into flames in child's pocket

updated 04:40 pm EST, Thu February 7, 2008

PSP fire burns child

A Sony gaming handleld burst into flames earlier this week, injuring a 12-year-old child, a Detroit TV station reports. At approximately 9AM on Wednesday, a fire in Harold Clay's PSP caused enough damage to not only create a hole in his pants, but inflict second-degree burns to his skin. Unusually, the PSP was not on, nor was the increase in heat gradual, say Harold's parents, speaking on his behalf. As a coincidence, the game in the system was a part of the Burnout racing series.

Sony battery technology caused havoc in the notebook world during 2006 and 2007, triggering a number of fires that in turn hurt the annual finances of Sony and others, as a result of massive recalls. If a recall became necessary for the PSP, it would not only hurt Sony's overall profit, but weaken its position even further next to the dominant gaming handheld, the Nintendo DS. [via Click on Detroit]

by MacNN Staff




  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    DS versus PSP nonsense

    While the article was interesting, I find the comments regarding the troubles the PSP could face if there are recalls rather pointless.

    Both the DS and PSP are doing quite well. If you compare the PSP sales to the DS sales, sure they are going to make it appear that the PSP is doing poorly, but if you look at each device individually, they are both doing well, in the U.S. and the world as a whole.

    I own both and use them daily for: gameplay - DS and PSP music and video - PSP internet radio - PSP checking my email - PSP

    My biggest gripe with both machines is the lack of games..sounds odd to say that huh? What I mean is that there are large number of great games that never make it to the State because focus groups and publishers haven't a clue what people want to play.

    Instead we get a few great games and a ton of trash games, movie knock-offs, etc... Why? because the overall mentality is that video games are for kids and not adults...sigh.

  1. hawkmankt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    My biggest beef!

    I think my biggest beef with the PSP is that it catches fire in your freakin' pocket. Yikes!

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i smell


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