An image captured at a PlayStation 4 event in Spain reportedly shows what happens when the PlayStation 4 overheats, echoing the infamous Red-Ring-of-Death that plagued early Xbox 360s.

According to a Spanish forum user, in a post translated by VideoGameScene, one of the PS4 units overheated, displaying a red LED in place of the blue. ps4-rlodAt least it’s not a yellow light of death, right?

“it had a red light (where the typical blue LED light) and had a message on the screen saying that the console had a very high temperature.  The security case was opened and in two seconds the error message was removed and the light had returned to its normal color.

Does this mean we’ll be seeing more of the Red Line of Death on PlayStation 4’s in the future, seeing as how there’s some apparently powerful hardware tucked in to a pretty small box? Well, no. It just means that there are some built-in safeguards to prevent this sort of thing from happening.

And of course, a tiny console sealed up a glass case, running for a whole day is bound to overheat. I’d hope that everybody has learned from past, very expensive mistakes – and I’d bet that the PS4 and Xbox one are going to be less likely to die in a fiery blaze.


For it’s part, Sony says this is nonsense. In a reply to user, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida said it’s a load of codswallop. [Thanks to Rikus for the info]


Last Updated: October 15, 2013

was reviewed on PC

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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