Playstation’s Bricking Doomsday Avoided Thanks To New Update?

In my first story for D-Rezzed, I reported on an issue that had the potential to cripple Sony PS4 consoles. The problem stemmed from the game system’s internal clock. If the battery for the clock died and Sony’s online system for validating games was offline, then gamers would no longer be able to play their downloaded titles.
Thankfully the PS4’s latest update to software version 9.00, the potential doomsday may have been adverted. According to Ars Technica, Destruction Games ran a test on a PS4 after the firmware update to see if the battery issue had been solved. Apparently, even with a dead battery, a PS4 with this latest update is safe from CMOS error code “CE 34878-0.”

The update was released on 9/15/2021, and Sony makes no direct reference to the issue in question.
Main features in the system software update: 

  • You can now view trophies for PS5 games on PS4 consoles. 
    • In Trophies, you can now view PS5 trophies in your trophy list. 
    • You can also view PS5 trophies in the trophy list on the profile screen under the [Games] tab. 
  • In Messages, we’ve updated the following: 
    • If you’re the owner of a group, you can now delete it. To delete a group, open the options menu and then select [Delete Group]. If you delete a group, it will be deleted for all members.
    • Now when you block someone, you can choose to also leave the group that only you and they are in at the same time. You won’t leave groups that include other players. 

Other updated features: 

  • On an Android or iOS/iPadOS device, you can now use the PS Remote Play app to access your PS4 via mobile data. 
  • We’ve made the following improvements to parental controls: 
    • Now when a child requests to use communication features for a game, their parent or guardian will receive a notification on the PS4 and PlayStation App.
    • The child will also receive a notification when their parent or guardian accepts, denies, or stops allowing the child to use communication features for a game. 
  • You can now select whether you’d like to receive notifications on your PS4 or through email about new products and special offers. To do so, go to [Settings] > [Account Management] > [Account Information] > [Communication Preferences].

Regardless, if continued tests show that the error has been vanquished, this is great news for PS4 owners. Seeing as how PS5s are still rarely found on the market and many Sony games coming out for both systems, it relieves that fear of being left out when an exclusive title gets released. Oh, you’re not missing much when it comes to the new Ratchet and Clank game, trust me.
[Source: Ars Technica] strives to be an apolitical, balanced and based pop culture news outlet. However, our contributors are entitled to their individual opinions. Author opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of our video hosts, other site contributors, site editors, affiliates, sponsors or advertisers. This website contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. We disclaim products or services we have received for review purposes, as well as sponsored posts.

Discover a hidden easter egg

Mike Phalin
Mike Phalin
Longtime problematic entertainment journalist. The former workhorse for Dread Central,, and Fanbolt.

A word from our sponsor


read more


other articles

Close Subscribe Card