We’re only 24 hours from the PlayStation 4 launch, but some lucky gamers already have their consoles in hand. Unfortunately, some of these lucky gamers quickly became unlucky gamers: their consoles were bricked before they even turned them on. But don’t worry… we got the fix.
Some early PS4 owners are claiming their consoles shipped with fragmented hard drives. When you try to boot the PlayStation 4 for the first time, you get nothing except a blank screen and blue flashing light. There is some debate as to whether the circulating issues are hard drive related, HDMI related, neither, both, etc… but we’re led to believe the problems are real: both Kotaku and IGN have reported these issues.
1. Remove the HDD
2. Turn on the PS4 (without the HDD)
3. Turn the PS4 off and Put the HDD back in
4. Turn the PS4 back on again.
5. The system should now boot to the OS.
This will re-format the HDD, so its best if we backup our saves to USB while we wait for Sony to give us a permanent fix.
There are users who have reported the above fix works, some permanently, others temporarily, and then some who seem to have a separate problem.
1. The fix I posted above has worked for a few people.
2. For others, the fix has only made their PS4 work temporarily. After a while, it will not turn back on again. In this case, the user will need to get a whole new HDD.
3. This fix is ONLY for the fragmented HDD issue. It will not fix the reported issues with HDMI.
There are supposedly 5,000 prelaunch PlayStation 4’s in circulation and only 6 reports of hardware issues, but it’s better to be prepared. We’re not sure exactly how widespread these issues will prove to be once millions of them leave the shelves.
Let’s hope the number of PlayStation 4 owners searching for “PS4 won’t turn on” are very, very limited in numbers come launch. If you’ve got a faulty unit yourself, have more details on the issues, or simply want to discuss them further, head on over to the thread on PS4 Forums where it’s all going down.