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PlayStation 4 User Confirms That Time Will Brick Our Consoles Eventually

PlayStation 4 User Confirms That Time Will Brick Our Consoles Eventually

Sony committed to supporting the PS4 for another "three to four years."

Imogen Donovan

Imogen Donovan

Your PlayStation 4 is likely to be one of your most prized possessions, no? Well, be sure you're sitting down when you read this next sentence. All PlayStation 4 consoles will become totally unusable one fine day due to its battery issues.

The PlayStation 5 is out in the wild, and has been for some months now. However, thanks to the scarcity of semiconductors and the ravenous acts of scalpers, it's one heck of a challenge to get your mitts on the new console. As a result, lots of people are sticking with their PlayStation 4s for now, cracking on with their backlog and playing the long game. It's smart, to be honest. There are some undeniable bangers in its portfolio, like God Of War, Marvel's Spider-Man, Persona 5, and more. Take our word for it in our list of the best games for the PlayStation 4. Prefer to dance to the beat of your own drum? Fair enough - there's a Spring Sale on right now for the PlayStation Store, and there are deals on games that you simply can't pass over.


Yeah, yeah, yeah. I might praise the PlayStation 4 til the cows come home, but that doesn't change the fact that Sony has turned its focus to the next generation. Earlier this year, fans were in a spin when a Japanese retailer reported that various PlayStation 4 models will not be restocked, throwing the future of the console into uncertainty. Yet, the company has been adamant that the arrival of the PlayStation 5 doesn't mean it's curtains for its predecessor. "The PS4 community will continue to be incredibly important to us for three or four years," said Jim Ryan, the boss of PlayStation. "Many will transition to PS5, we hope if we do our job well, but tens of millions will still be engaged with the PS4."

So, it's not especially heartening news to know that your PlayStation 4's clock battery determines your access to your digital games. Let's roll it back for a second. Trophies on the PlayStation 4 are dependent on the system's clock in order to show the precise time and date of when they were unlocked. This stops people from changing their system clock so it looks like the Trophy was bagged before it was possible to do so. Not sure why you'd do that, but hey ho. However, it was discovered that if the clock's battery goes flat, then the player literally cannot start their digital games.

Batteries are always going to go flat eventually, so there might have been some sort of solution to circumnavigate this eventual occurrence. Twitter user Forest_Reviews went one step further and took out the battery to see whether it would be possible to access games without the need for an accurate internal system clock. Lo and behold, no physical or digital games work when this is done.

This is upsetting, to say the least, as players have accrued quite the collection of games that they might want to return to while they wait for a PlayStation 5. Fortunately, the specific error which pertains to a flat clock battery (PS4 Error (CE-34878-0)) isn't very common, so you'll just need to be across the status of your PlayStation 4 as the years go by. Plus, all your favourite games will be accessible on the PlayStation 5 through backwards compatibility. It's not all doom and gloom. Just a little bit.

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Topics: News, PlayStation