A Troubleshooting Guide to 2 Common PS4 Problems

Published : 19/10/2020 10:11:39
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A Troubleshooting Guide to 2 Common PS4 Problems

While most gamers will argue that Sony’s Playstation Four (PS4) is one of the most exciting consoles on the market today, many overlook the fact that it’s also one of the most durable.


Compared to other consoles, the PS4 has been revered by many because of its ability to take on heavy-hitting that can take on long hours of play while delivering quality experiences. Whether it’s the base model, slim, or the Pro edition, a fourth-generation device is more than capable of withstanding the tests of heavy usage.


Much like any other console, the PS4 has its fair share of common issues on the fundamental level and other nooks and crannies that can stop working from time to time.


While the latest editions and production models have been able to fix common problems through continuous R&D, there are still a few common issues that can come up.


Common PS4 malfunctions (and how you can fix them)


Although it may seem like an intimidating idea to deal with the various problems during PS4 ownership, it’s worth mentioning that most of them can be easily solved. Sure, the more significant issues are best left to the care of Gamer Tech’s in-house repair specialists and technicians, but the smaller ones can be handled on your own!


If you want to keep your system in tip-top shape throughout its life, here’s a quick guide to troubleshooting the most common issues that will come up with your console:


Issue #1: The Blue Light of Death (BLOD)

For any PS4 owner, one of the most horrific sights that one can ever lay their eyes on is a blinking blue indicator light—something also seen as the PS4’s version of the XBox’s RROD.


Generally, the BLOD is the most feared of all because of how crippling it is since it indicates a deep-rooted technical issue. Contrary to popular belief, however, this light is merely an indication of non-functionality. Still, it doesn’t mean that the PS4 experiencing this is already dead, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t bricked.

Considering the magnitude of the BLOD issue, Sony released its troubleshooting guide featuring various potential fixes that can be administered to the device. For starters, here are some possible fixes that will help turn the entire situation around:


  •        Reset your controller by pressing the “PS” button on your controller until the system light itself turns orange, and then hold the button down again until it turns white.
  •        Check your HDMI ports on your TV and PS4 or swap them with other alternative cables to diagnose whether it’s a TV or console-related issue.
  •        Update the firmware of your TV, since there are some situations where a lack of an audio-video signal can cause a BLOD.

Issue #2: The Red Light of Death

Seen as the BLOD’s rarer, less severe counterpart, the Red Light of Death is commonly a problem that pertains to the cooling system of the console.

Distinguishable by a repeated flashing of red light, three distinct beeps, and a subsequent power off, the RLOD is rooted in overheating problems in the console. Although the problem itself may be concerned with the system fan and the possibility of a malfunction, it can be fixed with two different methods, namely:

  •        Putting the PS4 in a well-ventilated area to ensure that it has an ample amount of breathing room so that the level of overheating decreases
  •        Turning the PS4, disconnecting additional cords or plugs, and letting the console rest for an hour or two until it is powered on again


As a PS4 owner, there is no doubt that you’ve experienced your fair share of issues with the console itself and all the different means that you’re implored to fix them. Through the help of this guide, you can quickly troubleshoot the common BLOD and RLOD problems that your console may experience to ensure pleasurable experiences!

We offer PS4 repairs in the UK and handle all types of problems and concerns for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii, and other types of consoles. If you've got a console that's bugging out and needs to be treated, give us a call today to see how we can solve the problem!

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