It seems that Sony might have discovered what are the issue (or issues) that caused the mysterious “blue light of death” that seemed to plague some of their customers. According to Sony spokesperson, Satoshi Nakajima, he told Bloomberg that “there have been several issues reported, which leads us to believe there isn’t a singular problem that could impact a broader percentage of PS4 units.” Nakajima also states that there is a chance that some units could have been damaged during shipping, which might have caused some of the issues gamers are experiencing. “We also understand that some units were reportedly damaged during shipping.”
Reports of bricking started even before the PS4 had been released. While it sounds like a lot of PS4 units might have been affected, based on the coverage of the issue, that isn’t the case, at least according to Sony. The company claims less than 1% of PS4 units are facing these issues but stated that they would investigate the matter. In the meantime Sony is offering their customers expedited shipping for replacement units if they have received a bricked one, which is a change of tune from earlier when it was suggested that replacement units might not be available for months.