Playstation 4 Gets Its First Post-Launch Firmware Update, To Address Stability Issues

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News Posted: Fri, Nov 22 2013 2:14 PM

It's been a secret to no one that Sony's PlayStation 4 launch could have gone a little bit better. At this point, the general consensus seems to be that the console is a great offering, and a well-designed one, too, but for some, the on-fire hype was quickly doused with a bucket of water as they realized they received, in effect, a brick.

Last weekend, we covered the initial reports, which stated that some consoles simply wouldn't turn on - they'd pulse blue indefinitely, but go no further. Earlier in the week, Sony admitted to the issues, and wrote a fairly detailed guide on how to diagnose these "Blue Light of Death" issues.

At this point, there still doesn't seem to be clear proof that the above-mentioned solutions have helped very many, as peering around the Web, I've still seen many comments about how slow it's taking some to get their situation fixed (we'd assume that these folks would have tested these tricks before giving up on their console entirely), and since we're barely a week past the console's launch, I'm sure more will become known about that soon.

Either way, we can be sure that Sony's at least pleased with its accomplishment of selling 1 million consoles in 24 hours.

While Sony hasn't gone into detail regarding exactly what its latest PS4 firmware update tackles, we'd assume that because the sole bullet-point is "stability", it has something to do with BLOD issues. Because PlayStation consoles require the latest firmware in order to take advantage of PlayStation Network, even if you're solely an offline gamer you'll want to upgrade as soon as possible. Doing so is simple: If you're not automatically notified for some reason, hit-up the "System Information" option under your Settings > System menu and check for an update there. Alternatively, you can download the update from the URL below and copy it to a USB device to update in much the same way (perfect for those who can't get online with their consoles).

Let's hope that these BLOD issues are behind us. There's little that's more frustrating than being stoked to boot up that latest tech product and see something like that happen.

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MarkSaul replied on Fri, Nov 22 2013 2:47 PM

Could be worse you could have got one of the xbones that won't load discs.

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Well when one of the people who gets a bricked PS4 is the creater of CTRL-ALT-DELETE, you know it is going to go mainstream.

Specially when he names it "The Pulsing Blue Dick Punch of Sadness" and builds a cartoon just for it.

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RiCoFrost replied on Fri, Nov 22 2013 3:31 PM

A system not reading a disc is worse then a system that wont even boot?..... ummmm ok.....

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JMeloni replied on Fri, Nov 22 2013 10:43 PM

Not load discs or blue light of death, seems like cant win with consoles

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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Nov 23 2013 9:48 AM

Yes, these two launches seem pretty rushed and when things are rushed, QA suffers. Not surprising, unfortunately.

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RiCoFrost replied on Sun, Nov 24 2013 5:44 PM

It is unfortunate however it will always happen. I just hope the people with the problems get them resolved quickly so they can enjoy what they paid for.

Thankfully i have been lucky with no problems on my Xbox so far.

Rush yes, each is trying to out do the other before the other can.

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