It's been no secret that the PlayStation 4 has had a few hardware issues at launch, such as the blue pulsing light of death, which renders systems useless. It was assumed that the problem was Sony's fault due to faulty hardware, but it seems this may not be the case.
FOXCONN, a Chinese assembly plant which manufacturers electronics for all the major players, finds itself in the news often due to the poor treatment of its workers. It's because of this poor treatment that has allegedly caused the workers to lash out at FOXCONN by way of the PlayStation 4.
On August 28th, a statement was posted to IGN's message boards by a FOXCONN employee, stating "Since foxconn are not treating us well, we will not treat ps4 console well. The ps4 console we assemble can be turned on at best." At the time, no one took the post seriously, but now with the PS4's hardware problems, the post has resurfaced and finds itself back in the spotlight; especially now with a FOXCONN intern also claiming that PS4 units were sabotaged just a few weeks ago.
Sadly, much of this information is posted to Chinese message boards by anonymous sources, so it's unclear just how much of what we read is true.
Even though FOXCONN admits the working conditions for its workers have been poor, the company has also stated that routine checks revealed no sabotage and a small amount of faulty units, corresponding to Sony's claims that only .04% of all PS4 units are faulty.
Do you think the hardware problems are Sony's fault, or do you feel that units were intentionally damaged at the production plant? Let us know in the comments PS4 Experts readers!
Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 11/26/2013