PlayStation 5’s rest mode can crash and brick console, owners say

PlayStation 5 owners are reporting a bug that causes the console to crash when in rest mode. Some say that the error caused their console to brick after prompting them to repair the system’s storage database.

A tweet from Jeff Gerstmann outlines the issue, which occurred while running Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered. “Seems like putting a PS5 into rest mode while Spider-Man Remastered is running crashes the whole system, forcing that “repair your external drive” process when you start back up. At least that’s how it’s been for me the few times I’ve done that today.”

We’re looking into this

— James Stevenson (@JamesStevenson) November 11, 2020

Insomniac Community Director James Stevenson replied and said that the team is looking into the problem, but the bug may not be exclusive to Spider-Man Remastered. Other PlayStation 5 owners have reported similar issues with games like Demon’s SoulsAstro’s Playroom, and Godfall. Sony has yet to confirm or comment on the bug.

In some reports, the repair process can cause the console to brick. Others have only experienced game crashes, with no prompts to repair the system.

It’s not clear how widespread the error is at the moment, but those looking to play it safe can disable rest mode for the time being. Head into the console’s settings tab and click on Power Saving. The Set Time Until PS5 Enters Rest Mode option allows players to disable rest mode entirely.

Bugs are expected during a console’s launch. Xbox Series X owners reported a host of issues last week, though some of them turned out to be a hoax. One popular video showed smoke pouring out of an Xbox Series X, an effect that may have been achieved using a vape.

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