Shuhei Yoshida Talks About the PS4’s “Red Light of Death”, Overheating Problems

November 25, 2013Written by Jason Dunning


Back in October, Shuhei Yoshida was asked on Twitter if reports of the PS4’s “Red Light of Death” were true. He simply responded to the question with a “not true,” but as the below video (and many others on YouTube) shows at the 1:25 mark, it is something that’s happening:

While Shuhei was technically right about the red light not automatically meaning “death”, but rather overheating, he did finally address what that red light means when tweeted about it again today:

“Red line is a warning that the PS4 is overheating, the unit then shuts down automatically to protect itself.”

“If there is some HW issue, possibly the fan in those cases, they should contact customer service.”

He was then probed further as to why Sony didn’t just put the power brick on the outside to prevent that, much like the Xbox does:

We believe people do not like to have a big brick outside. The HW issue is very small number.

As well, he gave a very brief reason regarding the DualShock 4 having a shorter battery life than the DualShock 3:

DS4 has more features, DS4 can be charged while PS4 is standby, unlike PS3.

Have you experienced a red light on your PS4? Let us know in the comments below.