Nov 18, 2013

Are there any significant problems with the new PS4?

When the X360 came out, the first version of the console suffered from the Red Ring of Death, aka RROD. Early PS3s also suffered from a Yellow Light of Death, aka YLOD, although not to the same level at the X360’s problem. Anyone know whether there are similar issues with the new PS4? I’ve read about a 0.4% failure rate. If that is accurate, I would feel ok playing those odds. Trying to decide whether I should wait or if Santa should hook me up this Christmas. Thanks!

Problems plaguing the PlayStation 4 (and some possible solutions)

"No console launch goes off without at least one hitch. Despite our rave review of the PlayStation 4 and the console being Sony’s fastest-selling to date, capping more than million units in a 24-hour period in North America alone, a splattering of users have encountered an assortment issues plaguing their new, next-gen systems. We’ve recently discussed a few helpful PS4 tips and tricks, answered a few of your questions and detailed everything you need to know about Sony’s new offering, but none of them address the recent issues many people have faced at launch.

“A handful of people have reported issues with their PlayStation 4 systems,” confirmed a Sony spokesperson a mere day after the system’s launch on Nov. 15. “This is within our expectations for a new product introduction, and the vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We are closely monitoring for additional reports, but we think these are isolated incidents and are on track for a great launch.” The official statement also said the number of affected systems represents less than 0.4 percent of all shipped unites to date, a number supposedly inline with the company’s expectations for a new product introduction."
According to Sony there is a 0.4% reported failure rate, which they call in line with expectations for a new product launch. However, a look at the reviews on Amazon show a much higher percentage of comments about PS4s that were DOA or failed after a few hours of use, about 30% of the reviews as I write this. Take the Amazon numbers with a grain of salt, after all, the people most likely to write a review almost as soon as they receive the device are going to be those with problems.
The good news is that Sony is immediately sending out replacement consoles for those who experience failures, so it may be a relatively minor inconvenience even if the failure rate is higher than Sony is currently reporting.
Also, there may be solutions to some issues: http://betanews.com/2013/11/18/playstation-4-users-suffer-blue-light-of-...
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