PS4 Messages Designed to Brick Your Console Reported By Users

Gerald Bowen
October 15, 2018

In describing the PS4 message, one player wrote that it was merely a question mark in a box, suggesting that the malicious messages can not even be displayed by the PS4.

A new kind of malicious message is reportedly floating around on the PlayStation Network that makes the whole console crash. Sony's remained suspiciously quiet about this, but have however, fixed the messaging system to prevent the dodgy characters. Microsoft's official Xbox One updates have bricked my 2013 model console no less than four times now, and I've just about given up.

Some PS4 owners are experiencing a frightening glitch that's forcing them to factory reset their consoles. Even deleting the message from the mobile app doesn't work.

Reddit users seemed to all have stories beginning similarly with "I was beating these guys in x online game" before they received the message. It seems like some bad actors on PSN are using these messages to knock people offline in competitive games, given their own team an advantage.

Another suggestion involves running a factory reset on your console, though you may want to look at that as a last resort.

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Only one team member wasn't affected, apparently because he keeps his PSN messaging set to private.

If you're anxious about this happening to you or someone you know, you can take steps to prevent it.

Until Sony issues a fix, it's not an overstatement to say that you need to take preventive steps to keep yourself safe. You can do this on your console, web browser, or smartphone app.

To adjust settings go to: Account Management - Privacy Settings - Who Can Message Me - Select "No One". "Messages" and then Messages.

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