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access_time November 17, 2013 at 3:38 AM in Features by Dragos Dobre

PlayStation 4’s issues just trivial, or a real problem?

Sony’s next-gen console PlayStation 4 has just been released two days ago in US and users have already reported a fair number of problems and bricked consoles.

Let’s get back a bit in 2005, when the Xbox 360 was released. The console managed to have the biggest failure rate ever known in the console industry, having a big problem with overheating that resulted in the error known as RROD (Red Rings of Death). But still, those things happened in 2005 and we can assume that the technology wasn’t as advanced as today.

And now let’s get back at PlayStation 4. The console managed to sell over 1 million units in only two days, but the number of people who get a bricked or almost broken console is raising day by day.

We’ve seen a lot of bad ratings and complaints on several websites, including one of the biggest retailer in the world: Amazon. While there are a lot of 5 star grades, It seems like the overall rating on the console is dropping significantly on Amazon, and as we reported yesterday, the retailer suppressed future PS4 sales.

Oddly enough, people haven’t yet started to panic and they are still confident in Sony. And that’s reasonable considering the way Sony listened the community and developed a console to fit their needs.

The company said that only 0.4% of the console sold are faulty, but is that true? We have heard only from the people who started complaining on the internet, but I’m sure that’s a big chunk out there that only returned the console and didn’t say anything.

Considering all of this, I advice any future buyers of the PlayStation 4 to not get a console without warranty, as at this moment is quite risky.

Compared to Xbox 360’s RROD, the problems of PlayStation 4 are smaller but there is a probability they will spread throughout the time. If several consoles were bricked in two days, I wonder what’s the real lifetime of a PlayStation 4 console. Maybe a month, maybe two? We can’t really know for sure.

For now, we can only wait for the console to be released outside the US too. There is a big possibility that only some batches from the production were bad, and then we are in a risk-free area. But there’s also the possibility that this thing will spread out more and we’ll experience a new era in which RROD will seem just a tiny error.


  • Ramon Aranda November 17, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    I really do hope they’re just trivial, as I’d hate to see Sony blow such momentum for the console on an issue like this. Hoping the Xbox One doesn’t suffer from bricking problems either.

    • The Voice of a Gamer November 17, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      The company has adjusted that to .4%, you might want to fix your article.

      Also, the high failure rate of the Xbox 360 was not a launch day issue. But an issue that appeared after launch and grew into a larger issue.

      The PS4 issue is an immediate launch day issue that has had little chance to effect sales due to the fact all purchases are pre-order and first day gatherings.

      We have yet to see if it will effect the second coming of available systems which will likely be Black Friday.

      And we also don’t know how this will impact the gaming community as a whole when it comes time for Xbox One purchase this coming Friday? Will early adapters see the PS4 issue as a warning and opt out of an early purchase even though it is another company all together?

      We will have to wait and see.

  • Dave (@se7e11) November 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Not a bad article in itself but the first section how in 2006 it was ok for Xbox to have issues but now in 2013 it’s not ok because technology has moved forward. Excuse me but how about in 2006 it is NOT ok for the xbox to have issues since technology has come so far since 1999, or 19995, or 1991, etc…

    The bigger issue which seems very much unadressed right now is if the rumours of sabotage at the foxconn factory are true. If so, then Sony deserve some leniency as they weren’t responsible for the treatment of the workers… Sort of.. (basically nothing no company hasn’t done before).

    Drunk as a skunk.by the way.

  • BoxieBrown November 19, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    I don’t believe the Xbox One will have issues such as RROD. RROD was mostly caused by over heating issues. The Xbox One was designed and originally intended to be powered on 24/7 and always be online. They wanted to make it the center of the living room and make it always be on like your cable box would be. Yes, they have scrapped the fact it is always online but that doesn’t mean they changed the design of the hardware. Because of that concept I am sure they took into consideration over heating issues and the RROD issues they had in the past. I’m sure Xbox One will have a great launch. Also, PSN has been crashing due to high traffic. I don’t think Xbox will have that problem because of all the server additions. They can handle a lot more traffic than PSN. Lets all face it, Xbox Live is way better in the first place.

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