PS4 System Software Update 9.00 reportedly causing performance issues in some consoles
Time and again, we've heard horror stories of software updates wreaking havoc on unsuspecting users. Of late, many smartphones, such as the Google Pixel 3, have fallen prey to hastily deployed software upgrades. The PS4 system software update 9.00 seems to be bricking a handful of PlayStation 4 consoles this time around.
Gamers have taken to Reddit and Twitter to complain about the faulty update. Some users have complained about the degraded performance after installing the PS4 system software update 9.00. Others state that it doesn't let them play specific games or connect to the internet. One user claims their console boots into an error and that their controllers flat out refuse to connect wired and wirelessly.
Finally, a few unfortunate users have had their consoles bricked due to the PS4 system software update 9.00. Weirdly enough, some of the 'bricked' consoles sprang back to life after a day or two, so there may still be some hope. That being said, many people have also stated that their consoles are working fine after the update.
One Redditor speculates that the degraded performance could be due to bad sectors on the HDD. The reasoning for that is solid, given that the problem seems to be model agnostic, i.e. the original PS4, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro are equally affected. In conclusion, if you happen to have a PS4, hold off installing the PS4 system software update 9.00 until Sony issues a statement. Based on the official Twitter thread announcing the update, it seems that Sony is aware of the problem but is yet to acknowledge it officially.