PS4s Are Reportedly Being Bricked, and Sony Is Working on a Fix

Report: PS4 Messaging Bug is Bricking Consoles

While there is no fix available at the moment, there are steps you can take to prevent the issue affecting you.

News of the exploit first started making the rounds late last week, with some players taking to Reddit to warn others that their PlayStation 4 consoles had been essentially bricked after they received a message containing unsupported text characters from another PlayStation 4 user.

Huntstark said: "It happened to me during Rainbow Six: Siege".

If you have been affected by the hack, we would advise you to factory reset through safe mode by turning off your console and holding down the power button for some time until it beeps twice. "We are aware of the situation and are planning a system software update to resolve this problem", Sony told GamesRadar+ in an email. Unfortunately, you don't even have to open the message for it to have its nasty effect - just receiving it is enough.

Sony has acknowledged that a malicious message is somehow crashing PlayStation 4s, forcing the affected to do an entire factory reset to make their consoles function again.

It important to note that the bug affects only the account that received the message, so if you have other accounts set up, you can use them to restore the damaged one without losing your data. Reddit user Huntstark explains: "There is a new glitch that basically bricks your console and forces you to factory reset it". As of this morning, Sony has issued the following statement about the issue... The best way to do that is through the PS Messages app for your phone, or visit my.playstation.com to view and delete the message.

Users can disable their account's ability to receive messages by visiting this link in their browser, and switching the "Messages" option to "No One". Then, choose "Initialise PS4" option int he safe mode.

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