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Blue Light of Death & Addressing Early Console Faults

​Sometimes you never get it right the first time; the same matter of thinking can be applied to video games. More specifically, it is not unlikely for it to be drawn to the arrival of new consoles. It’s understandable that plenty of hype circulated around the systems of the eighth console generation, Microsoft’s and Sony’s efforts included. In terms of the latter, though, there have been a couple of concerns with the fleet of launch PlayStation 4 consoles.

Sometimes you never get it right the first time; the same matter of thinking can be applied to video games. More specifically, it is not unlikely for it to be drawn to the arrival of new consoles. It’s understandable that plenty of hype circulated around the systems of the eighth console generation, Microsoft’s and Sony’s efforts included. In terms of the latter, though, there have been a couple of concerns with the fleet of launch PlayStation 4 consoles.

Following E3 this past June, it seemed as though everyone’s eyes were focused on Sony. They were interested in what the PlayStation 4 had to offer, considering that it was initially able to trump Microsoft’s own Xbox One in many fields, used game implementation and DRM in general included. Of course, Microsoft turned those less user-friendly features around but many gamers would agree that the damage was done. Sony was looking to have a faultless launch but did it happen?

Dan Race, a Sony spokesperson, said that there have been a number of issues reported in terms of PlayStation 4 hardware. The most recent one, from what I have seen, has been dubbed the “Blue Light of Death.” Not unlike the “Red Ring of Death” tied to the Xbox 360 of the past generation of consoles, the “BLoD” would cause consoles to simply not function. Users wouldn’t be able to play through the litany of titles at launch, Killzone: Shadow Fall and Resogun included. Looking at the matter objectively, though, it may not be as tremendous of an issue as the aforementioned “red ring” tied to the 360 a number of years back.

It’s been said that the “BLoD” only impacted less than 1 percent of all PS4s, which isn’t unreasonable when considering the very nature of technology. Keep in mind that most consoles released during the past decade or so have had their problems. Even the PlayStation 3 and its own “Yellow Light of Death,” while unfortunate, didn’t impact consoles on a great scale. Consumers, for the most part, realize that there are going to be technical problems out of the gate. It’s just a matter of either enduring them at the onset or waiting to purchase until they are addressed.

For those who haven’t invested in the PS4 yet, it is easy to say that they are biding their time before making the purchase. The sheer power of Sony’s latest achievement is tremendous and it seems like every social media agency can bring attention to it. However, with such power comes the risk of technical problems down the road. For early adopters, it’s a matter of crossing one’s fingers and hoping for the best.

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