Sony’s Playstation 4 is one of the best-selling home consoles, having now sold over 112 million consoles. This puts the PS4 in second place, right behind the classic PS2, which sold a total of 155 million consoles.
It’s a well-loved console, and for good reason. Though everyone has been trying (and failing) to get their hands on a PS5 since its release, it looks like the PS4’s popularity still has a long life ahead of it.
If you’re one of the millions that have a PS4, lucky you!
Of course, with any console comes technical issues that can get in the way of your gaming experience. This is especially true as they age.
Luckily for you, we combined a list of the most common PlayStation 4 issues and how you may be able to solve them.
Blinking Blue Light
Also known as “the blue light of death,” no PS4 owner wants to see that horrendous blue light. In fact, when you think of fixing a PlayStation 4, the blue light is most likely your first thought.
If you see the blue light, it could indicate a technical problem that is deep-rooted. In other words, you could have a broken PlayStation if you see this blue light.
But, before getting completely stressed out, there a few things you can check out first before deciding to call the professionals to fix it for you.
Blue Light Fixes
Check your HDMI ports on both your TV and your console. Swap them with different cables, and you can diagnose if it is a TV problem or a console problem.
Make sure the firmware of your TV is updated, because not having an audio-visual signal can cause the blue light to blink.
Double-check the power supply by holding the power button on the PlayStation 4 for seven seconds until it beeps twice and shuts off. Then, disconnect the power supply and check it for anything suspicious.
Lastly, you can try resetting your controller. Press and hold the power button on your remote until the light turns orange. Then, press it again until it turns white. If it goes correctly, you’re PlayStation will then turn on.
Flashing Red Light
If you report your Playstation is not working, it could be due to a ventilation or fan issue. This will generally show itself in the form of a red flashing light that will then turn your PS4 off.
While not as widely known as the blue light, the red light can be just as serious of an issue.
Red Light Fixes
To solve it, first, try giving it a rest.
Touch the power button on the PS4 for seven seconds until it beeps twice and shuts off. Then, unplug the power supply and allow it to cool down completely.
If you leave it unplugged and turned off for a few hours, you will have a better chance of it being completely rested for when you power it back up again.
Another way to address this issue is by giving your PS4 enough space for the fan to ventilate it.
Avoid carpets, blankets, or other plush surfaces. Putting it on a hard, smooth surface with space around it will help the fan cool down the console more efficiently, preventing overheating and that red light from flashing.
Some users have also reported that placing the PS4 vertically may help with the overheating issue, though that hasn’t been completely proven to be true.
PlayStation 4 connection issues are never fun, and they are among the most persistent complaints users have about the PS4.
There can be network issues, which means maintenance is occurring, and you just have to wait it out until it’s over.
However, there may be other unrelated issues that you yourself will have to assess. Luckily, there are some simple fixes you can try before getting too frustrated.
Make sure your router’s firmware is updated.
You can usually find the instructions for this on the bottom or side of your router. Follow the instructions, or call your internet service provider for help.
Even if this isn’t the cause, it will help to rule it out.
Don’t exclude the rebooting method. Power down and unplug your PS4.
Then, unplug your router and modem. Wait at least five minutes, then plug in your modem and router.
When they are both fully powered up and back online, plug your PS4 back in and power it up. If it connects, you win!
Another method is to have your PS4 forget and then re-learn your internet source. Technology can have glitches, and there may just be issues with how it’s currently connected.
Go to your settings, and have your PS4 “forget your network.” Then go in and reconnect as if you’re adding a new internet source.
PlayStation 4 Issues Addressed
Though there may be more PlayStation 4 issues to address than we may like, it makes sense that such a powerful and popular console will eventually have problems.
Don’t let it get you down! Try these trusted methods to fix your problems, and if they don’t work, don’t hesitate to call us to do it for you.
We are professionals and can get the job done fast, preventing you from getting frustrated. It’s much better to channel that energy into playing your favorite games.
Call us today at 804-698-0004, or browse through our locations to find a store near you.