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
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.
Happy #PS5 day everyone. Tried to document our one’s unveiling, but Amazon have tricked us with an unsolicited air fryer instead (after giving delivery password). Anyone else had this problem today? pic.twitter.com/99IUSzSJUU— Bex April May (@bexlectric) November 19, 2020
If you’ve experienced issues downloading games with “Queued for Download” or “View Details” messages on PS5, please update the system software to the latest version, start your PS5 in safe mode then rebuild the database. See "PS5:safe mode options" at https://t.co/BfgPSMafxd. pic.twitter.com/Vq7m0dXA23— Ask PlayStation (@AskPlayStation) November 19, 2020