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.