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PS4s Are Reportedly Being Bricked, and Sony Is Working on a Fix

PS4s Are Reportedly Being Bricked, and Sony Is Working on a Fix

In the meantime, there are steps you can take to prevent this issue from happening to your PlayStation 4. If so, have you tried any of the fixes?

News of the exploit first started making the rounds late last week, with some players taking to Reddit to warn others that their PlayStation 4 consoles had been essentially bricked after they received a message containing unsupported text characters from another PlayStation 4 user. It happened to me during Rainbow Six: Siege.

How can you avoid the message? . Many people have resorted to factory resets, where they lose any data that's not stored in the cloud or elsewhere, but Sony confirms there is a way to fix your PlayStation 4 without losing any of your save data.

Sony is working on a fix for a bug that allows players to crash opponent's PlayStation 4 consoles by sending a specially-crafted message, a company spokesperson has told ZDNet.

The Verge has put together a list of methods by which users can protect themselves and recover a soft-bricked system, including deleting malicious messages using the PSN smartphone application before they are viewed on the console, setting their accounts to receive messages from trusted friends only or simply blocking all messages, and rebuilding the system database for those whose systems have already been hit.

Until Sony releases a software fix, this is the best way to ensure you don't have to deal with a major headache. According to the users in the Reddit thread, the message corrupted their consoles to the point they required a factory reset to function again. As of this morning, Sony has issued the following statement about the issue... You want to change "Messages" to either "Friends only" or 'No one'.

As noted by a message posted to a PlayStation 4 subreddit, several users have been affected by the problem. Power down your console, then hold the power button for seven seconds.


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