Some PlayStation 4 owners are being greeted with a "blue light of death." When the PS4 boots up, a light strip on the console should "pulse" blue before turning white, signaling the console has turned on and connected to the television, according to Kotaku. But for some users, the light stays blue and the newly acquired next-gen system doesn't power on.
As Sony explains, the Power Indicator Light signals the various PS4 modes, such as orange for standby or red for overheating. Kotaku had previously reported on receiving a PS4 that was bricked and completely nonfunctional due to a faulty HDMI output or another connectivity issue.
Gamers have also reported problems after updating the console's firmware and missing USB cables. Sony commented that it was aware of faulty PS4s, and, specifically, with 0.4 percent of the consoles being faulty. A PS4 support forum offers a thread that discusses the problems with a Sony rep and provides instructions about potential causes and solutions. According to the thread, the blinking blue light issue may be due to television compatibility, a PS4 power supply issue, a PS4 hard drive issue or another PS4 hardware issue.
For the TV compatibility dilemma, updating the television's firmware may solve the problem. The power supply issue may be resolved by turning off the system, holding the power button down for seven seconds, unplugging the AC cord from the outlet and checking the AC In connector, or checking the power cord or electrical outlet for any damage. Securing a screw that keeps the HD and the console attached could solve the headache.
Despite the support from Sony, many users have said that the recommended steps do not solve the blue light issue. The company has yet to officially comment on this specific PS4 problem. A video of the PS4 "blue light of death" can be viewed below.
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