News surfaced on reddit recently about failing PS4’s. Broken HDMI ports, systems not turning on, the skies lit afire with the blue blaze of Sony’s imminent doom. 20,000 units to see failure, Sony reps inferred.
Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. 20,000 units is a lot, but this number is only an estimate, and that’s an estimate from Sony.
In a brief statement to Game Informer, one Sony representative confessed “A Handful of people have reported issues with their PlayStation 4 systems…” “This is within our expectations for a new product introduction, and a vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.” The representative went on to say that they are only expecting .4% of systems to fail within the fiscal year (March 31, 2014) (revised from .04 in an earlier statement).
Considering Sony has sales goals and estimates of 5 Million units to be sold by the fiscal year end, we can extrapolate that players should expect up to 20,000 units to have issues.
Most of the issues so far have come from pre-launch units, so don’t expect the problem to last too long. In fact, many people are already getting boxes (similar to the Xbox 360 ‘coffins’) shipped out to them as we speak to get the PS4 back to Sony to correct the issue.
In a statement to IGN, similar to the aforementioned one above, Sony reps also said “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.”
Given Sony’s confidence, timely response and their 12 month warranty, this issue will most likely be short-lived.
keep in mind that any first gen hardware and software will see issues and may have a bit of a rocky start.
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