PS4 blinking red light means step away

By Daniel Chubb - Nov 17, 2013

You might have seen our PS4 blinking red light report yesterday, which detailed the problems some people are having since installing PS4 firmware update 1.50. Today, we wanted to point out that gamers shouldn’t panic too much at this stage considering this PS4 red light is meant to happen under certain conditions.

Sony/EA started out by blaming the PS4 1.50 update for the blinking red light, but later removed this statement with a little explanation of what this red light means. In a nutshell, Sony explains gamers should “take a break” and return to their next-gen console once it has had time to cool down.

The PS4 blinking red light basically means that the machine has overheated, although it is not the same as Xbox 360’s RROD that caused systems to permanently break. EA also explained what gamers should do in a forum thread, and they state you should just “come back later”.

This is great advice, but what if you were in the middle of a much-needed gaming session only to see you PS4 with a red blinking light. Fair enough it’s not broken, but why should you be happy that the PS4 has overheated?

UK gamers have been watching the news closely, as the PS4 and Xbox One release date is yet to land. Microsoft officially explained that they created a much bigger form factor to handle heat dispersion better with Xbox One, and Sony detailed their PS4 heat handling within a recent video.

Product Reviews will have both the Xbox One and PS4 consoles for reviewing of games, but we have had concerns over the much smaller PS4 machine. In our opinion, the PS4 looks much better and we’ve already been hands-on with both next-gen systems with our favorite chosen already from an external point of view.

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The problem now lies with the fact that the PS4 is much smaller, but will this really cause heat problems thanks to creating a smaller design? Time will tell, although it certainly is a worry at this early stage.

If you see the PS4 blinking red light you need to come back later once the machine is cooler, but if it keeps happening you need to contact Sony support.

We would love to hear from our readers if they experienced the PS4 blinking red light moments after turning the machine on, and if this is with a cold machine that’s not been on in a few hours. Leave a comment below if that has happened to you.

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  • Nate

    I have had my ps4 for awhile now watching movies, playing ghost all for long periods of time and never had an issue. I do not have the internet at home so I just play bots all the time. I discovered the new map pack for cod ghost and had to have it so I loaded up and went to a friends house to connect and download but was first told I had to update to the 1.61 mean time half way through the update my ps4 beeped one time and blinked RED now it wont stay on for over 3-5min and that’s is after a complete cool down. I have for a long time argued how PLAYSTATION was so much better and cooler than anything else out there, its ability’s and so on not mention my original phat ps3 lasted till this past Christmas 2013-2014 . I am not so impressed with this $400 ps4. I hope it gets better.

    • poopfAce

      It takes 20 minutes. Use a damn fan or something, geez.

  • Ta’i Ngatokorua

    Finally some bad news about my PS4. I knew something like this would happen. Now that I’m aware, I won’t be entirely disappointed on the 29th when I go to play mine. Let’s just hope this isn’t a major problem..

  • David

    Took my ps4 out of the box plugged it in and three minutes later it blinked red and then turned off. It has been doing this all the time even with a night of rest. Called ps4 last night and they are sending me a box they said it shouldn’t be overheating within 3 minutes of turning it on.

  • Alex

    Just “have a break” isn’t enough advice. It needs adequate space for ventilation for the cooling to work adequately – there have been enough people playing it non-stop for a long time to indicate that it can handle extended gaming sessions.

  • Kevin

    Let’s wait til xbone release and see there problems 🙂

    • infinite legion

      Certainly won’t be anything to do with overheating tho. That’s the primary reason the things got a big fan on top and powerbrick on the outside, they went almost overkill on making sure it doesn’t suffer the same problems the Xbox 360 had.

  • Adam

    Use a five dollar fan… Also, Xbox One? Lol

  • Danny Dodge

    Great release :p can’t wait to afford the xb one hopefully early next year