PS4 'Blue Light of Death' due to delivery damage, says Sony

The PlayStation 4's Blue Light of Death may not be one problem but several, and it could be down to damage during delivery.

The PlayStation 4 's Blue Light of Death may not be one problem but several, according to Sony, and it could be down to the new console being damaged during delivery.

"There have been several issues reported, which leads us to believe there isn't a singular problem that could impact a broader percentage of PS4 units," a Sony spokesman told Bloomberg. "We also understand that some units were reportedly damaged during shipping."

The console is reported by some disgruntled gamers to turn itself off or appear to be dead except for a pulsing blue light. Amazon.com has nearly 800 one-star reviews, most of which report bricked consoles, flashing power indicators or a failure to start. Sony says less than 1 per cent of PS4s have problems

Of course, that leaves many, many more gamers who are thoroughly pleased with their PS4, which went on sale in the US a week ago and has garnered broadly positive reviews

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The PS4's problem is nicknamed the Blue Light of Death in tribute to the Xbox 360's infamous 'Red Ring of Death', and the notorious Windows 'Blue Screen of Death'. CNET UK surveyed the last generation of consoles and found that 60 per cent of Xbox 360s had suffered the miserable Red Ring , a vastly greater number of failures than the PS3 or Nintendo Wii.

The PS4 goes on sale a week from now. The Xbox One is on sale today. Which console gets your vote? Has the Blue Light of Death affected your decision or is it just a minor problem, easily fixed? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our fully functional Facebook page.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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