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PlayStation 5 falls foul to error messages, coil whine, shipping snafus, and scalpers galore but at least Sony offers fix for PS5 "queued for download" bug

The PlayStation 5 has been delighting and frustrating owners around the world. (Image source: Sony)
The PlayStation 5 has been delighting and frustrating owners around the world. (Image source: Sony)
Problems involving the PlayStation 5 are starting to appear en masse online, with system errors, hardware-related coil whine, scalping activities, and delivery issues among the most common complaints. However, at least an apparent fix for the PS5’s “queued for download” bug has now been issued.

It wasn’t long ago that Microsoft’s Xbox Series X console was making numerous headlines with a variety of reported problems, including a controversial alleged smoke issue, and now it’s the PlayStation 5’s turn. Gamers have turned to online resources such as Twitter, Reddit, and YouTube to share their concerns with others in regard to Sony’s new console, and it seems some problems are cropping up more frequently than others.

There have been reports of PS5 consoles freezing and crashing while specifically playing Spider-Man: Miles Morales and appearances of the disturbing error code CE-108255-1 after a game crash have frequently been mentioned. This particular error seemingly has no official fix for it yet, although some users have claimed that making sure the language settings are correct can solve the problem in some cases. Apparent PS5 coil whine also appears to be a common complaint, with plenty of example videos of buzzing hardware popping up online, including a particularly egregious one shared by YouTube channel ReviewTechUSA.

However, at least the above users have been “lucky” enough to get hold of a PS5…thousands have been complaining about the difficulties in actually getting a console, including contending with bots/scalpers snapping up limited stock, online delivery orders going missing or being canceled, and even more heart-breaking for an expectant fan – physical deliveries turning up but with the wrong order inside the box or simply an empty package due to content theft. Although these sorts of unfortunate incidents are to be expected with a huge launch like that of the PS5, there are still many that feel Sony (and the major retailers involved) could have done better to mitigate the situation.

Solutions and fixes of a kind have been suggested for these various hitches. Those lumbered with a PS5 that is producing coil whine to an excessive degree will have to consider a return as the best option, although in many cases users might find the amount of noise being emitted tolerable. Stock alert assistants and stock checker websites can be utilized to deal with the issue of scalpers and bots ruining the order process, while future PS5 owners should stick to trusted retailers and delivery companies to reduce the chance of an order going missing.

Sony has at least offered a fix for the commonly encountered PS5 “queued for download” bug. Those having trouble with this particular problem need to download and install the latest system software update and then reboot the console in safe mode. A list of options will then be offered, with “5. Rebuild Database” being the required choice to deal with this particular issue. Regardless of all these initial stutters and pitfalls, there are still plenty of PS5 owners who seem to be absolutely besotted with their new possession.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-11-20 (Update: 2020-11-20)
Daniel R Deakin
Daniel R Deakin - Managing Editor News
My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.