Experiencing the PS4 Blue Light of Death? If Your PS4 won’t turn on, I may have a fix for you!
When the PlayStation 4 (PS4) was released in late 2013, many users reported encountering what is now known as the PlayStation Blue Light of Death. What is the PS4 Blue Light of Death? It’s a general fault error indicated by a pulsing blue light from the console. When this happens, typically there’s no video or audio output from the Ps4. You may also observe that the PS4 turns on then off.
This issue doesn’t happen as often as it use to. It can happen for a variety of reasons. In this article, I provide you with the steps that appear to address a specific issue with HDMI syncing. The fix doesn’t require checking or swapping cables. The fix doesn’t require doing anything with the hard drive. I was basically able to fix the PS4 Blue Light of Death in a couple of minutes.
This solution doesn’t help everyone. In my opinion, the fix is worth a try as long as you heed the warnings. Hopefully, we will get your PS4 white light back again! See the step by step directions below.
How to Fix the PS4 Blue Light of Death
Below is a step by step guide I used to solve the PS4 Blue Light of Death:
WARNING: My fix includes the step of connecting the HDMI cable while the TV and the PS4 are on. This may cause damage to the TV or PS4. Follow these instructions at your own risk!!! Safer, but untested alternative methods are below as well.
Power off your PS4 by pressing the power button until the PS4 powers off. You know the PS4 is off when the light is off. Be certain the PS4 is off before you continue.
Unplug all of the cables from the PS4. This includes the power cable, HDMI cable, USB cable, optical cable, etc.
Plug in the power cable and no other cable. That’s right, do not plug in the HDMI cable yet.
Press the power button until the PS4 beeps twice. It will beep, then beep again in a few seconds. A few seconds later, the blue light will turn white! If it does not, this PS4 Blue Light of Death fix will not work for you.
Next, I plugged in the HDMI cable while the PS4 was displaying the white light and the TV was on. WARNING: Connecting the HDMI port while the TV or the PS4 is on may cause damage to the TV or PS4. Follow these instructions at your own risk!!!!
An alternative method would be to first turn off the PS4 and turn off an unplug the TV. Connect the HDMI cable to the PS4 and the TV, Power on the PS4 by holding the power button until it beeps twice, see the white light, THEN plug in and turn on the TV.
A third option would be to select a different source on your TV, see the white light on the PS4, then select the appropriate HDMI source on the TV. Please note that I have not tested any of these alternative methods as I do not currently have a BLOD PS4 nearby.
Make sure you select the corresponding HDMI input on your TV. You should then see on the screen a prompt to plug in the USB cable and Dual Shock controller. Please do so. You will now be in PS4 Safe Mode.
On the safe mode screen, select 2. Change Resolution. Then click ok. The PS4 will then restart.
At this point, you should reach the PS4 Setup. If not, repeat the steps above and try 6. Initialize PS4.
If you still don’t reach the PS4 Setup, and your PS4 won’t turn on, I was not able to fix your PS4 Blue Light of Death. Contact Sony for a replacement.
If you do reach the PS4 Setup, follow all the steps. Be certain to update the system software to at least 1.51. After 1.51 is installed, test shutting down and turning on the PS4 to ensure that the BLoD has been fixed.