Feeds

Sony's new PlayStation 4: Early faults ENRAGE some buyers

Players report early-gen glitches, Sony thrusts new firmware download

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Some of the thousands of early adopters who shelled out for Sony's PlayStation 4 console, launched today in the US, have already reported mysterious system failures.

The entertainment giant's support forums are littered with threads, some more than a dozen pages long, devoted to problems users are experiencing with their new powerful consoles.

Gamers have complained of hardware glitches that caused systems to reset and display a blinking blue light. Additionally players have reported issues with the console's physical HDMI connection. Suggested workarounds in the forums and elsewhere online have included fiddling with the HDMI port to remove any bits of metal obstructing the cable plug, and forcing a reformat of the PS4's hard drive by removing and reinserting the drive.

Sony had not responded to The Reg's request for comment on the failure reports.

For those customers lucky enough to have received a working console, Sony has release an early 325MB firmware update for the system. Version 1.50 of the software enables access to the online PlayStation Network, voice commands and Blu-ray playback.

Early hardware failures in consoles are nothing new as users who line up to be the first to own the systems are often also left to sort out first-generation design and manufacturing flaws.

When Microsoft released its Xbox 360 console, an infamous hardware condition branded the 'Red Ring of Death' sparked outcry and forced the company to extend warranties and cover repairs on broken systems. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit
USB-serial imitators whacked by driver update
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on
Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.