Sony Is Facing Some Serious Issues With “The Blue Light Of Death”, And There’s No Fix
You know, Sony is really beginning to piss me off. It almost seems like the PS4 was rushed to manufacture in order to be out just a week before the Xbox One, because just a few days after (and even before) launch, more than a few serious issue have cropped up.
First we heard about the bent metal in the HDMI ports, which was preventing any video from being output to your HD TV. That’s still an issue, and Sony was rather quick to give a definite estimate of the consoles they think are affected, namely a mere 0.4% of the one million already sold to consumers. Then, on a scarier but less serious note, there’s the “Red Line of Death”, which was an indication of the console overheating. But unlike the Xbox 360, it didn’t seem to indicate that the inside bits are your new consoles were now charcoal. Although, another colour light basically renders the PS4 just as useless.
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The Blue Light of Death has quickly become the name of a rather prominent problem PS4 consoles have started suffering. In fact, a lot of people are raging on the internet about the problem which seems to have prevented a lot of them from getting any play time on their latest investment. Amazon has been hit with hundreds of angry reviews for the PS4, with hundreds and hundreds citing the constant blue pulsating light as the issue. Kotaku has also reportedly received multiple emails and Tweets notifying them of the widespread issue.
Probably the worst part about all of this is just how retardedly simple the problem seems to be. When you turn on the PS4, a blue pulsating light id seen running down the side of the console. The light then turns to white, signifying that the console has sent out a signal to the TV it is connected to. With the Blue Light of Death, this change is never occurring, and so a single is never being sent to the TV. The console boots, you just can’t see it.
Sony has not replied to any media on the matter, but has rather posted a possible fix on their forums. What has only lead more anger is the fact that this fix doesn’t work, and users are being forced to phone Sony customer care and request a new console. Thankfully, on this end Sony seems to be a bit more jacked up, as multiple customers have reported some good and kind customer service coupled with the promise of a new console. Other consumers have also managed to get their consoles replaced at retailers that sold them the PS4, so that’s a good sign too.
Thing is, this is all stock dependent, so there are bound to be a few thousands at this rate without a console. Not only that, it’s a complete inconvenience to these who ordered months in advance and most probably spent hours in midnight launch lines all over America. It, of course, brings to mind the Xbox 360’s infamous Red Ring of Death, which also ultimately ended up being more of an inconvenience to consumers and resulted in a massive $1 billion loss for Microsoft.
This is nowhere near those types of proportions just yet, but I could slowly get out of hand if Sony isn’t sure of this being another small, isolated occurrence.