Numerous PS4 owners on Reddit and across social media are warning of a message containing a string of characters that can reportedly cause Sony’s console to seize up and crash. In some cases, the console gets so mixed up from this glitch that users are performing a factory reset on the hardware to get it working normally again. We’ve seen bugs just like this on mobile platforms, where a certain message or strange character can wreak havoc and cause unstable behavior. If the reports are true, Sony will likely act quickly to roll out a firmware update that eliminates the issue. After all, this company loves issuing updates that improve system performance and stability. To avoid any headaches until this gets sorted out, below are some steps you can take to protect your console against receiving the message at question from your multiplayer opponents and other strangers. If you receive the message, delete it from Sony’s PlayStation Messages app for Android or iOS instead of opening it on your console. There are reports that deleting the suspect message with Sony’s smartphone app before powering on your console and signing into PlayStation Network is enough to avoid problems. Sony’s PS4 messaging app is a free download and available on both Android and iOS. How to restrict messages on your PlayStation 4 to friends only: A) From a web browser, you can visit this URL. Sign in with your PS4 account credentials. Choose “Personal Info | Messages” and then select the edit… [Read full story]
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