There’s a major bug with the PlayStation 4 where a single message can break your console — here’s how to fix the issue, or prevent it from happening in the first place

Ben Gilbert / Business Insider

  • PlayStation 4 owners encountered a system vulnerability over the weekend, where a message with a particular string of characters could brick your game console, rendering it useless.
  • Many PlayStation 4 owners had to “factory reset” their consoles, which caused them to lose any data not stored in the cloud or elsewhere.
  • Sony said it is aware of the issue and will deploy a fix in a future software update.
  • In the meantime, there are steps you can take to prevent this issue from happening to your PlayStation 4. And if you’ve already been affected, you can try a potential workaround that seems to preserve all of your games and save data.

Over the weekend, PlayStation 4 owners discovered an issue where a certain message with a particular set of symbols, if sent to your game console, could brick the system (Redditors captured what the viral messages look like, in case you’re interested).

“Rainbow Six: Siege” and “Destiny 2” players encountered this issue when their opponents sent these messages during competitive multiplayer matches, forcing them to lose their games, as well as their consoles.

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