PS4 Affected By Malicious Message Attack: Here’s How You Can Avoid Bricking

Report PS4 Messaging Bug is Bricking Consoles

While there is no fix available at the moment, there are steps you can take to prevent the issue affecting you. A screenshot and some additional information provided by users on the PlayStation subreddit suggests that this message contains a series of characters that the PlayStation can not properly process.

PlayStation 4 owners are at risk of having their console freeze on them in the middle of a game due to an issue with parsing symbols in messages received from fellow gamers.

Many PlayStation 4 owners had to "factory reset" their consoles, which caused them to lose any data not stored in the cloud or elsewhere. You can check messages from Sony PS4's messaging app that can be downloaded from Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Since these posts appeared online, Sony reps told VG247 that they're "aware of the situation and are planning a system software update to resolve this problem".

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There's an easy way to make sure this bug doesn't reach your PlayStation 4: all you need to do is set your messages to "private". The new glitch "basically bricks your console and forces you to factory reset it". The best way to do that is through the PS Messages app for your phone, or visit to view and delete the message. Power down your console, then hold the power button for seven seconds. Then, choose "Initialise PS4" option int he safe mode.

One user showed a picture of the message they received, which included an apparently incompatible character.

Whether you got it from one of your mates, your uncle, or someone's Tweet, it was a pretty amusing, yet worrying, trend that slowly died off - although, the console edition seems much, much worse. As suggested by user tizorres in another Reddit thread, PS4 players are encouraged to go into their privacy settings and set their messaging preference to "Friends" or "No One".

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