November 15th was supposed to be an incredible day for me. I was going to get my new Playstation 4 in the mail, connect it up to my 65" TV, and enter the next console generation with a huge smile on my face. I had it all worked out in my head. It was going to be a perfect day. Unfortunately, fate had other plans in mind.
I pre-ordered my Playstation 4 back in June about 5 minutes after it went on sale on Amazon. After following the system closely since it's announcement in February, I knew it was the next generation console I was looking forward to the most. I had complete faith in Sony and new they weren't going to let me down like they did with the PS3.
Last week I was all on board the hype train. While the reviews for the launch games weren't all that spectacular, I didn't really care. I was 100% bought in and nothing was going to deter me now. As the week went on I started hearing about people who were getting there PS4's early and complaining about them not working at all. Sony eventually made a statement that only 0.4% of people were being effected by these failures. I was sure that I would not be part of that 0.4%.
When I got home, with my PS4 in hand, I rushed straight upstairs to my bonus room to hook it up. My wife already knew how excited I was, so she grabbed our 10 week old son and followed me upstairs to hang out with me while I connected everything thing up. After 15 minutes of wiring everything together I was ready to push the power button and step longingly into the new generation of consoles.
I pushed the power button and the blue LED on the top of the PS4 started blinking and then ....
The LED jus sat there .... blinking at me. Nothing was displayed on screen. No audio was coming out of my speakers. All I had was this annoying blue LED ... blinking at me almost as if it was laughing in my face.
I immediately freaked out and turned the system off and tried turning it back on. Still nothing. All I would get was the annoying blinking blue LED.
I then rushed to my computer and started searching for solutions. My main solution I found recommended taking out the hard drive, starting up the system in "safe mode", and then plugging the hard drive back in. This was supposed to reset everything and solve the problem. I tried that hoping it would work, but then things got even worse. Not only would the system not boot up in "Safe mode", but it stopped turning on at all.
Now when I turned the system on, the blue LED would blink once and then everything would shut down. No blinking LED, no blowing fan .... just nothingness. Dead silence. My PS4 had completely given out on me. Now suddenly I longed to see the blinking blue LED, because at least that one mean my system has some life left in it. But no, somehow I had managed to suck all the life out of my PS4 and kill it. Thanks internet.
At this point I was furious. My wife was trying her best to keep me calm, but she understood why I was so angry. I had been waiting for this day for 9 months, ever since the PS4 was first announced. This was supposed to be my perfect day, and suddenly it was had crumbled to ruins.
I decided the only option was to get in my car and start driving around the city to everything single store that sold PS4's to see if anyone had one. While this seemed like a crazy idea, my wife completely understood and supported me. She understood how badly I wanted a PS4 and she was going to follow me to the ends of the earth to get one.
But then .... fate through me a bone ....
I called my buddy Jody up to see if he knew of any stores that might have a PS4 to sell. He had called me earlier in the day and asked if he should buy one, so I assumed he knew of places that might actually have them in stock. The news he gave me was even better. He actually already had one on pre-order at Toys 'R Us that he had decided not to get.
I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Did my best friend really have a PS4 pre-order just sitting there waiting for him that he didn't want. Was he really going to get his money back and let some other customer walk in the door and buy it. I couldn't let this PS4 go to waste. This couldn't be a coincidence. It had to be fate.
I immediately asked him if I could buy it from him instead. He said yes without a moments hesitation. He knew how bad I wanted a PS4. Finally .... I was going to have my perfect day.
So upon hearing this awesome news, my wife packed my son in the car, and we drove off to Jody's house to pick up my new PS4. The entire time I was worried though. Would this system be broken as well? Was my luck that bad.
Well I got the system home, plugged it in .... and ....
My perfect day was saved, but not without some bad scars picked up a long the way.
The whole experience has kind of put a bad taste in my mouth for the PS4. I haven't really enjoyed the system so far like I thought I would. The Dualshock 4 is a great controller, but I don't like it was much as I was hoping. The Xbox 360 controller still feels better in my hand.
Killzone is a good looking game, but that's about all it has going for it so far. The Playstation Network is running incredibly slowly and Sony has had to disable some features associated with the PS4 because of this. So far, Resogun has really been the only thing I've enjoyed about my PS4 so far. It's a great game I highly recommend to new PS4 owners.
So at this point I've shipped my defective PS4 back to Amazon for a refund. I really can't believe I was one of the 0.4%. I'm trying to not let this situation effect my opinion of Sony though. I've bought every single Sony console ever released, and none of them have ever died on me. I can't let one misfire change my high opinion of a company that has provided me with almost 2 decades of great gaming experiences.
I hope none of you have had the same horrible experience I had. While I got lucky that I was able to get another working PS4, I have a feeling I'm in the minority. The system appears to be sold out everywhere, so most people with defective PS4's are probably sitting at home right now extremely pissed. I feel sorry for them, but I know how they feel and I hope they can get a new working system soon.
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