Glitch Inducing Message Reportedly Crashing PS4s, Users Urged To Change Settings

New PlayStation 4 Bug Reportedly Breaking Consoles

Report: PS4 Messaging Bug is Bricking Consoles

While it doesn't outright reference the PS5, the job listing isn't exactly subtle about what the job will entail: "You will own the roadmap for [the] next generation PlayStation campaign", it claims. Those who are hit by this hack are being forced to return to factory settings in order to have usable consoles again.

We've seen single malicious messages able to crash smartphones, but now there's one for Sony's PlayStation 4 console to look out for - users on social media and Reddit are reporting receiving a certain specially coded message that's enough to put their hardware out of action.

For example, a gamer with the username Huntstark1 described a situation they encountered as their team was involved in a match-up of Rainbow Six: Siege. Messaging, and set Messages to either Friends (if you trust them) or No One. I hope anyone that's affected by this can easily reset their factory settings and get back up and running smoothly.

The sad part is that you can not receive the message by accident, so irresponsible gamers are purposely sending them with the sole aim to do harm.

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From a web browser, visit the PSN Privacy setting page, then sign in with your PS4 account credentials. The moment it opens, your system will crash. You can opt to receive messages only from your friends, or you can turn off messaging altogether.

According to the posts, everyone is at risk although you can take steps to prevent the messages coming through.

So far, Sony have made no official statement on the matter, however outlets such as Kotaku, Polygon and others have sought comment or clarification from Sony on the matter.

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