Messaging bug sees PS4 consoles temporarily bricked

Report PS4 Messaging Bug is Bricking Consoles

Report: PS4 Messaging Bug is Bricking Consoles

Over the weekend, numerous reports surfaced of PlayStation 4 consoles crashing after receiving a malicious message. As to how this is happening, the most likely cause is a character, or set of characters Sony's messaging system can't handle or acts on in some way that renders the console unusable. One of the team members, though, did not face the problem, as their message settings were toggled to "Private" mode.

Multiple Reddit posts report a new frustrating PlayStation Network bug that can essentially temporarily break your PS4's firmware.

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Reddit user ThatPissedOffDude said: "This just happened to me during Rocket League". The bug, in some instances, has been used during matches to cause the opposing team to crash and be unable to complete a match.

Another suggestion involves running a factory reset on your console, though you may want to look at that as a last resort. Microsoft's official Xbox One updates have bricked my 2013 model console no less than four times now, and I've just about given up. Once the database rebuild is underway, it will scan the drive and create a new database of content installed on the system. "All you need to do is delete the message via the PS messaging app, and use Option 5 in Safe Mode to sort your console out". We all have had to factory reset.

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This can be done on your console as well via Settings - Account Management - Privacy Settings. You can opt to receive messages only from your friends, or you can turn off messaging altogether.

To avoid the attack, users online have been recommending changing PS4 message receipt settings so that only friends (or no one at all) can send messages to your machine.

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