Here’s How the PS4 Looks When a Game Crashes

Demo Stations operate in in rough operational conditions that don't really reflect what would happen in a normal household, so failures are pretty normal. Here's how a PS4 demo station when a game (Battlefield 4) crashes, taken at Madrid Games Week.

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SuperBlur1631d ago

is it going to be norm when a game crash?

i hate when a game crash and the system locks up and force me to restart the console.

xHeavYx1631d ago (Edited 1631d ago )

There is an "ok" button, so for me it looks more like a game that failed to launch instead of a game that crashed . If it is a crashed game, that OK button would mean that the console doesn't lock up, which is great

Abriael1631d ago

It's a crash, I've seen it happen once at Paris Games week too, still with Battlefield 4, so it's probably a software problem. It's actually nice that when the game crashes the console doesn't freeze and you don't need to reboot.

JimmyLmao1631d ago (Edited 1631d ago )

i saw on a PS4 livestream once.. if a game crashes, the console doesn't freeze and need to restart, you just go get an error message and go back to the menu then start the game up again, pretty neat i guess(^▽^)

also, its good because i always feel bad when my 360 or PS3 freeze and you have to go up and press the on/off button and it beeps at you (⊙︿⊙)

Thehyph1631d ago (Edited 1631d ago )

Vita is like this, too.
I've had two game crashes in the (almost) year that I've had it. Both times I just hit "OK" and started the game back up.

tuglu_pati1631d ago

Why are games crashing in the first place?

Abriael1631d ago

@tuglu_pati: because it's demo software, not the final game.

Clarence1631d ago

Damn great observation!

abzdine1631d ago

press circle and reboot the game. takes 5 seconds...

Ratty1631d ago

Games, like every other software crash all the time regardless of if it's a full version or a demo. While demo's or betas tend to be less stable, full version softwares will crash too. They crash more often than before because their code is a hundred times more complex than previous generations. Not only that, but unexpected OS activity can also cause software or games to crash. Hardware can also be a cause but that is usually the case later down the road when the system has aged.

MWong1631d ago

If it's BF4 it's the game sadly. DICE is working on a fix for the game crashing current gen consoles. My game crashed more with the retail version compared to the beta.

Ratty1631d ago

@MWong That IS pretty sad. Didn't know it was this bad.

ShinMaster1631d ago

At least the PS4 continues to function just fine.

mewhy321631d ago

lets hope we dont see much of that.

MWong1631d ago

@ One_Eyed_Wizard
I love DICE, but EA forced them to rush that game out way too soon. BF4 should have been released in December or January. They are working on the crashing issue, but the list of launch bugs to me is worse than BF3. If you are switching your kit and you get revived the game menu freezes so you have to leave the game and comeback in.

I wouldn't take this article too seriously.



Oh no, a game crashed, what has this world turned into... In other news, water is wet.

Seriously now, cut the drama, games crash, it's nnothing new or completelly avoidable. Don't matter how far we get into technology, stuff will still eventually fail or break. Obviously every new piece of tech will need some way to deal with it.

Cernunnos1631d ago

Those who don't understand why games can crash, and think that it's just lazy devs or something obviously have never written a line of code themselves.

A game consists of millions of code, a single typo in that code can in theory cause a crash. It is impossible to make a game that wont have bugs.

AndrewLB1630d ago

Just because the console didn't require a full reboot doesn't mean it's the game and not the console itself. Crashes happen on many levels, whether they are software related, driver, OS, or hardware. An unstable operating environment caused by things like heat, poor drivers, or improper memory allocation can all result in a program/application/game crashing without the whole thing crashing. All modern operating systems contain a form of crash recovery feature that prevents entire system shutdown for most types of crashes.

Jessika_S1630d ago

This are debug display units, they dont have a full working operating system just runs games and demos.

LonChaneyTV1630d ago

"If it is a crashed game, that OK button would mean that the console doesn't lock up, which is great "

................And i thought consoles shouldn't be compared to PCs. first it was rest your consoles now it's error windows.

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Abriael1631d ago (Edited 1631d ago )

It's a demo station, in a trade show in Europe, that already had Milan Games Week and Paris Games week, which means that that PS4 has probably been moved all across Europe and has worked almost 12 hours a day for three weeks. I'd say a crash is not much of a problem, especially because it could be very well the software's fault.

black0o1631d ago

the good thing is the system isn't frozen like the ps3 does when a game crashes

G20WLY1631d ago

Huh.. *pensive face*

I'm glad you shared this. I very much doubt I'll ever see it in person, so it was interesting. :)

Mikelarry1631d ago (Edited 1631d ago )

*shudders* i hated those as well furiously pressing the PS button on the controller and the darn thing doesn't respond making me get off the couch (the cheek) to press the power button and sometimes just to be a bit%h the power button on the console too does not respond and i have to pull the power plug from the back


yeah ive read that when you have to acually unplug it "which has happened to me" will evenually damage the ps3. just hear say though idk

SuperBlur1631d ago

i've had it happen with spartacus legends and one of EA sports title , can't remember which.

a freaking pain in the arse yes.

yellowgerbil1631d ago

I hate it but got used to it playing MAG, it crashed and froze epically with crazy kaleidoscope effects quite regularly

Tsar4ever011631d ago

Look at the picture, The "STUPID ASSHOLES" has the console locked in that tight glass thingy, You're NOT suppose to block the air vents at the back of the console. I'm sure they don't want the console TOO EXPOSED to the public to touch, at least open the area where the consoles air vents are located. JEEZ, What stupid asses.

MartinB1051631d ago

A freeze and a crash are two different things.

A freeze is typically the result of a process becoming trapped within an algorithm (e.g. an infinite loop) from which it's unable to escape and continue the program.

A crash is caused by a process doing something it shouldn't resulting in termination of the program, which is likely what this image shows.

princejb1341631d ago

they probably threw the ps4 down the stairs to make this happen

LiQuiZoN1631d ago

I have BF4 for PC. An AMAZING PC! This game constantly crashes. There is a known memory leak. Terrible. It's an "EA" issue. There quality has dropped off. bleh EA!

I'm pissed I gave in and got it through origins. Never again. I'll with Steam only.

AndrewLB1630d ago

most of the issues have been either server-side and punkbuster related. But yea, the memory leak is annoying... i found a temporary fix for it though. I have a program called Windows 7 Manager which has a little utility called "Free Memory", where every 15 minutes it frees up memory from programs who are allocating large amounts. So far it's worked perfectly.

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user74029311631d ago

still looks sexy crashing in 1080p

thrust1631d ago

Get use to it by the looks of it ;)

GTgamer1631d ago

Not sure if i should link the article where the Xone crashes and tell you the same thing :/ hmmmmm.

thrust1631d ago

You will have lots of time in the future for finding links with all the crashing.


TRD4L1fe1631d ago

your comment makes me want to throw my computer against the wall.

Im sure if this happens to you while you're at your house it wont be too sexy anymore

theRell1631d ago

Battlefield crashes in 1080p?

LackTrue4K1631d ago

XboxOne hits 1080p,
..... But then Immediately crashes!!!!

JasonKCK1631d ago

You guys troll MS even in PS news. Is that all you do?

aquamala1631d ago

you mean 900p, it's BF4 on PS4

andibandit1631d ago

dunno about it looking sexy, at a glance it reminds me of blue screen of death

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Lboogieskells1631d ago

I thought I would witness someone attempting to let the PS4 operate an automobile. /s -_-

thehitman1631d ago

All hardware crashes at some point. As long as its not very consistent and simple restart fixes it and it doesnt reoccur again in the same manner. Games on my PC crash from time to time.. my ps3 crashed before my ps2 crashed before my gamecube crashed before my n64 craashed before my sega saturn crashed before my super nintendo crashed before my gameboys crashed before. It is nice to know when something bad does happen it doesnt cause a full hard shutdown and system reboot.