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How to Fix PS4 Blue Light of Death, Compatibility, Power Supply and Hard Drive


PS4’s launch didn’t go as smooth as Sony might have expected. Some of the day-one units went malfunctioning and the affected were left frustrated. The common issue has been the blinking blue light which does not allow the console to boot up properly, and it gets stuck.

PS4 Blue Light of Death can be due to multiple reasons but the common causes are as follows:

  • TV compatibility
  • PS4 power supply issue
  • PS4 hard drive issue
  • PS4 hardware issue

If you are experiencing the blue light death situation, you can troubleshoot it by using the following methods.

PS4 TV compatibility Issue
If you are not getting any display, you should first check whether your HDMI cable is damaged or not. Furthermore, you need to check if you have the latest firmware for your screen.

Some users have reported that updating the firmware fixed the problem for them. If you have any other screen, try running PS4 on that.

PS4 Power Supply Fix
You need to check the power input terminal and the cord for any damages. The blinking light can appear due to fluctuating voltage. If you have a PS3, try using its power cord as an alternative.

PS4 – Hard Drive Fix
A damaged or loosely connected hard drive can also be reason for the blue light of death. In order to change your hard drive or to connect it properly, use the following steps:

  • First, turn off your console completely. You need to touch the power button for 7 seconds atleast (till you hear the second beep) to shut it down.
  • You need to disconnect the AC power cord from the outlet. Make sure that you disconnect it only when your console is completely powered off through the power button.
  • After the power is cut off completely, detach the cables.
  • You can now slide the HDD bay in the direction indicated by arrow to open it.
  • After opening the cover, check if the HDD is properly seated or not. If it’s loose, you should tighten up the screw that is holding the assembly in place.

If your hard drive is damaged, you can choose to replace it.

PS4 – Software Installation Fix
If your HDD and power supply seem to be working fine, you should boot up your machine in safe mode for once. You can launch PS4 in safe mode by using the following simple steps:

Completely power off the console first.

  • When you see no light blinking, touch the power button and hold it atleast for seven seconds untill you hear the second beep.
  • Connect your controller using the USB cord.

The safe mode will show you the following options:

  • Restart System – Ends Safe Mode and restarts the PlayStation 4 normally.
  • Change Resolution – Changes the screen resolution to 480p when the PlayStation 4 is restarted.
  • Update System Software – Allows the PlayStation 4 to update the system software via Internet, USB Drive, or Disc.
  • Restore Default Settings – Restores the PlayStation 4 to the default factory settings.
  • Rebuild Database – Scans the drive and creates a new database of all content. This operation may take a long time depending on the type and number of data items.
  • Initialize PS4 – (IMPORTANT): All data and settings will be lost by performing this step. Deletes all user data and restores the PS4 to as if it just came out of the box. This option is the same as [Initialize PS4 ] in the (Settings) menu. System software (firmware) is not deleted.
  • Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software) – (IMPORTANT): Deletes all information on the HDD, including the System Software. A message that states a USB storage device containing the System Software must be connected, is displayed. Then you can confirm the selection.

Be warned though, as mentioned in the last two points, you will loose your data if you choose to go with those options.

In case you want to replace the hard drive, you will have to re-install the firmware manually using a computer.