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71w ago - Just a few days after the previous PS4 Red Line of Death (PS4 RLOD) report, today another video surfaces of a PlayStation 4 freezing leaving some speculating whether the system has overheating and stability problems.

To quote: "Footage of PS4 freezing, apparently after heating up while running, has popped up online. The video comes from a French outlet called Gamekyo on livestream, while they are demonstrating the game Knack.

It is a brief minute and a half video, showing two presenters talking while a cutscene from the game plays out. At this point, the system is offscreen, and has apparently been opened up. One presenter notices that the system is emitting heat and places his hands near it, and the other does the same and concurs. They talk to a Sony person offscreen, and then go on a few more seconds like nothing happened.

And then, close to the middle of it, the game starts freezing. One presenter takes a long glance at the system, and then glances to the screen. The game starts moving again, but the framerate dips completely. They try to go home, and then enter back in, but this does not fix the problem. Finally, they leave the game completely and reenter, and this is where the clip ends.

A few days ago, when the Red Line of Death issue 1st came up, Shuhei Yoshida was asked about it and he curtly replied it was not true."

Some related Tweets via Gamekyo:

  • The PS4 was actually placed in a box under the TV. There was heat going out from the box, but the PS4 seemed to be OK.
  • The PS4 seems to have a good ventilation system, the environment becomes very hot though if it's in a closed box.

Some PlayStation 4 Thermal Images (via planetextech.com/profiles/blogs/playstation-4-thermal-images) are available HERE with details as follows, to quote:

With today being the launch of the Sony PlayStation 4, I figured I'd take some infrared shots of it in action. Using the new FLIR E8 Thermal Camera with MSX, I've got some great shots to look at. Remember, computers and electronics get hot, but this will show you how the PS4 handles and vents that heat.

  • "Bottom" side of the Playstation 4 Just after unpacking and running the firmware update.
  • "Top Side" of the PS4, just after unpacking and running firmware update (on for about 5-7 minutes at this point). Note that the top part of the PS4 in this picture has a different emissivity than the lower, so, the temp measurements on the top won't be as accurate.
  • The PlayStation 4 has been on for about 10-12 minutes at this point as I move around the menus, and start adding my PSN profile.
  • This is after 5 minutes of standby, with a controller plugged in for charge.
  • The top part of the PS4 after about 10 minutes of Killzone.
  • The "bottom" side after 10 minutes of Killzone.
  • Here you can see the vents heating up to around 121 F
  • 30 minutes later, the top surface of the PS4 is still holding around 114 F degrees at its peak.
  • And finally, the bottom side of the Playstation is at 121 F.
  • The vents however, are now up to 143 F after 30 minutes of running Killzone, which is totally a reasonable spec!

UPDATE: A few folks asked for thermal of it lying flat - these two photos are about after 20 minutes of playing Killzone.

Highest temp read on the vent is around 126 F, a little cooler than when it was vertical, but the play time was a little bit shorter. I'll be taking more photos as the weekend progresses, so keep checking back!

UPDATE 2: The hottest the vents have gotten in its flat position while playing Killzone, appear to be around 138/140 F, so a few degrees cooler, but close to where it was when it was vertical. The top surface still stays at a consistent 110-114 F.

UPDATE 3: Been playing for over 3 hours now, with the PS4 comfortable in my home theater cabinet in its flat position. The Playstation remains a little under the temperature it was when I was around 30 minutes in, which is around ~133 F/56 C.

Finally, below is a picture of a PS4 demo station error code when a game (Battlefield 4) crashes taken at Madrid Games Week alongside a video of a PlayStation 4 demo unit glitching:

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#19 - zazoon - 67w ago
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4% is to much ! LOL on $ony ! and made in China ! ugh ugh. What the %#$& happened to "made in japan" ?!?

Google : where is the ps4 being made ! If true , i just dont have a nice word for $ony !!!

#18 - niwakun - 67w ago
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God, Day 1 of PS4 and many of them seeing hardware related issues. Oh god Made in China.

#17 - zecoxao - 67w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by drphuz View Post
Um i'm no math teacher, but .04% is FOUR PERCENT ........ .4% written mathematically correct is .40% which is FOURTY percent.

HMMMMMM. He had it right the first time. Unless they expect massive hardware failures.

you're smoking heavy doses of weed then.

#16 - drphuz - 67w ago
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Um i'm no math teacher, but .04% is FOUR PERCENT ........ .4% written mathematically correct is .40% which is FOURTY percent.

HMMMMMM. He had it right the first time. Unless they expect massive hardware failures.

#15 - elser1 - 67w ago
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man I bet mine dies when I get it in 2 weeks. lol i will be so angry. i'd expect a replacement and a refund. hopefully they will all be worked out when aus launches anyways

#14 - PS4 News - 67w ago
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Following up on the previous PS4 RLOD and PS4 Freezing & Overheating reports, today a new batch of PlayStation 4 bricking (such as THIS one) and failures has surfaced alongside a PS4 Launch Errors List and Fixes below.

To quote: Here's a list of issues plaguing the PlayStation 4 at launch, and how to fix them.

Astro A50s: Cannot Hear Other People Speaking

Everything appears to be hunky-dory with the Astro A50s, with the sound coming through the headphones just as you would expect, except for received chat audio. You can talk through the headset, but you can't hear others speaking.

A possible fix for this issue is to do the following:

1. Hold Home Button
2. Adjust Devices
3. Output to headphones -> All Audio

DualShock 4 R1 Button Sticking

There are several reports that units of the DualShock 4 appear to sport defective R1 buttons. After just a few hours of play, the R1 button seems to stick.

Remember to keep your receipt so you can return these to the store for an exchange.

PS4 Won't Turn On, Bricking Issue

There been a few reports that players who received their PS4 via the Taco Bell contest doesn't properly turn on, or off (once you manage to get it running). Here's what the symptoms are like:

The PS4 won't show a picture, but the blue light pulses. It tries to load data from the hard disk drive, but it doesn't - so it doesn't load into the operating system.

Here's a not-so-simple fix that appears to alleviate the issue:

1. You have to unplug your HDD
2. Boot the console without HDD and it will load Safe Mode (white lightbar) and asks for a HDD
3. Turn off, plug in the HDD again and boot the console again
4. PS4 will boot into Safe Mode again and you can recover now the necessary OS Data, PS4 will start again and will boot into OS again.

From GamingBolt.com: Here is What You Can Do When The PS4 Does Not Boot

A Twitch user (twitch.tv/hi11zones) recently faced a problem with his PlayStation 4. The console wouldn’t switch on and was essentially bricked. However, there are solutions for fixing this issue.

First off, check your HDMI signal. If that doesn’t work, switch off your console and remove the HDD. Boot up in Safe Mode (indicated by a white lightbar on the controller) and when prompted for an HDD, turn the console off, plug the HDD in and then turn the console on again. It will again appear in Safe Mode and will recover the OS data before starting up like normal.

If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to format your HDD and reinstall the relevant firmware. Keep in mind that the Twitch user above faced issues even with the prescribed steps. Make sure to get your HDD checked in that case.

From IGN.com on the percentage of broken PlayStation 4 systems:

A Sony representative has provided the following statement to IGN: "A handful of people have reported issues with their PlayStation 4 systems. 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.

There have been several problems reported, which leads us to believe there isn’t a singular problem that could impact a broader percentage of systems. The number of affected systems represents less than .4% of shipped units to date, which is within our expectations for a new product introduction."

Correction: Note that the statement originally provided to IGN by Sony mistakenly said ".04%." A Sony representative has now confirmed to IGN that this figure was provided in error, and it has been corrected to ".4%."

Finally, below is a list of PlayStation 4 / PS4 Error Codes (via psdevwiki.com/ps4/Error_Codes#Error_code) and Fixes.

Name / Errorcode / Remarks

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Some more PS4 error codes from Sony (via support.us.playstation.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5111):

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PlayStation 4 / PS4 Error Code Fixes (via guide4games.net/playstation4-error-codes-fixes/)

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#13 - ezzitdus - 70w ago
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got 2 ylod first on the fattie and think I broke 1 slim model. playing like 19h bf3 .hoop tps4 is better protected to heat!

#12 - Tidusnake666 - 70w ago
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Had my nearly launch day phat ps3 running till now with no probs, although I gamed heavily on it. Whereareas xbox360 died in two weeks.

#11 - PSGamer24 - 71w ago
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Report is wrong. They say its NOT overheating, it was the game disc. Besides that, do people really expect all consoles to run perfectly? Any type of electronics has a fail rate, PS4 and XBone will be no different.

#10 - mushy409 - 71w ago
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Sony never learn...

Build things from cheese, stick them in an oven and they will break!


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