New PlayStation 4 Bug Reportedly Breaking Consoles

New PlayStation 4 Bug Reportedly Breaking Consoles

New PlayStation 4 Bug Reportedly Breaking Consoles

Got a new message notification on PS4? One suggestion is to download the PS Messages app onto your smart device of choice and delete the offending message from there. The message can come at any time to your system and can be sent by anyone, at this point in time the only protection if you haven't had the message sent to you is to make sure your messages are set to private.

We've seen single malicious messages able to crash smartphones, but now there's one for Sony's PlayStation 4 console to look out for - users on social media and Reddit are reporting receiving a certain specially coded message that's enough to put their hardware out of action.

Reddit users seemed to all have stories beginning similarly with "I was beating these guys in x online game" before they received the message. A player from the other team used a dummy account to send the message and crashed my entire team. In describing the PS4 message, one player wrote that it was merely a question mark in a box, suggesting that the malicious messages can not even be displayed by the PS4.

At the time of writing, PlayStation has not acknowledged the bug or issued a solution, so to ensure your console is safe and avoid a factory reset, we recommend changing your settings.

From a web browser, visit the PSN Privacy setting page, then sign in with your PS4 account credentials.

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If you're anxious about this happening to you or someone you know, you can take steps to prevent it.

Sony did not provide comment to Engadget on the matter.

So if your messaging settings currently allow you to receive messages from strangers, you may want to change them for now.

From the PS4 console, go to Settings - Account Management - Privacy Settings.

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