By Thomas Cowley
This past Friday marked the beginning of the eighth generation of game consoles with the debut of Sony's PlayStation 4. Well that is not entirely true. The Wii U came out exactly this day one year ago, but few would remember that and even fewer own a Wii U so there is that.
And though there has been a significant amount of criticism surrounding both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, it seems like people have still flocked to the new system like so many moths to a flame. Preliminary numbers show that the PlayStation 4 has sold over one million units in the first 24 hours of release. That is one million just in North America mind you, a number that is sure to grow once the system becomes available in Europe on November 29th.
These numbers are not entirely surprising; Sony predicted that they would sell 3 million units by New Years Day, and pre orders for the system have been so high that many retailers have had to stop or even cancel orders. Of course, the upcoming Holiday season is sure to push both the sales numbers and the shortage of consoles even farther as the year comes to a close. How well the Xbox One does remains to been seen of course, but if the sales and demand for the PlayStation 4 are any indication, then Microsoft is sure to be looking at a positive year shortly.
The bigger problem is that the system seems to have a case of the lumpkins and snarks, if you will excuse the Game of Thrones reference.
Apparently the PlayStation 4 is suffering from two separate issues, one dubbed the red line of death, (which harkens back to the Red Ring of Death that the Xbox 360 suffered from during its initial launch) and a blue light of death, (which is too similar a name in my mind so I will instead call it the Blue Light of Perpetual Failure).
According to sources, the red line of death is due to an overheating of the system which seems to stem from the internal fan not turning on. The Blue Line of Perpetual Failure however seems to result from a list of possible culprits according to Sony's forum guide including, TV compatibility, issues with the systems power supply, or hard drive, or "other" issues with the hardware or software. Now I'm not a professional, but I am a Sherlock Holmes fan so using a similar approach I believe I have deduced that the only aspect of the system that is not at fault is the plastic causing surrounding the device. Whew! Well that is one mystery solved! Time for tea.
Hilarious banter aside, it does seem that Sony's statement might as well say "anything could be the problem, we just don't know what" for all intents and purposes. And while they are at least making an attempt to fix things, I cannot help but find it rather ironic that Sony would not learn from example and instead fall into the same pitfalls that their primary competitor did 8 years ago. As for the customers, well that's why it comes with a warranty.