Over the weekend, the PlayStation 4 messaging system found a critical bug that crashed systems when a particular character was displayed. Sony has now solved the problem.
In short, malicious users sent a very specific piece of text to other PS4 users who would send the system into a "crash loop". Early reports indicated that the system would have to be factory reset to fix the problem, but Sony later stated that this was not the case. Instead of resetting the system, you can simply use the Console Rebuild feature of the console to make it functional again. If you were affected by the crash, you can do the following to make the console operational:
If you are unfamiliar with Safe Mode or know how to set it up, here are the details:
Notice : You must connect the controller in safe mode via USB.
- Turn off the console completely and press the power button for a long time until you hear a second beep (about seven seconds later) the first one), then release. This will start the console in safe mode.
- Select the option 5. Rebuild database
- Let it do its thing. After a few minutes, the console is back to normal.
Of course, you'll also need to clear the message before you boot up the console, which you should do from the PlayStation Mobile Messages app (iOS, Android).
Fortunately, this should not be a problem as Sony has fixed the problem. It looks like this is a backend fix, so consoles should not even need an update. It's just … no problem anymore.
I hope you survived the Big PS4 Bricking of 201
via The Verge