Sony has fixed the PSN messaging bug that bricked consoles

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Even scarier, others are experiencing the glitch simply by receiving the notification for the message.

It does seem that the exploit is purely text-based, so changing your PlayStation messenger privacy settings should prevent it from happening.

According to a Reddit user, there's a new PSN messaging bug that is causing PlayStation 4s to lock up, and need a factory reset.

Reddit user ThatPissedOffDude said: "This just happened to me during Rocket League".

You can view the exploit message in the app too and it won't break your phone, but deleting it there still won't protect your console.

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Some are reporting that messages can be sent to entire groups of players too, which forces the entire team to reset their consoles. "Only one of our guys wasn't affected and he has his messages private". You can opt to receive messages only from your friends, or you can turn off messaging altogether.

For now, you can set your PlayStation 4 and its mobile apps to only accept messages from friends you've already confirmed, or block messages completely: the options are under Account Management then Privacy Settings in the console settings.

While it doesn't outright reference the PS5, the job listing isn't exactly subtle about what the job will entail: "You will own the roadmap for [the] next generation PlayStation campaign", it claims.

So far, Sony have made no official statement on the matter, however outlets such as Kotaku, Polygon and others have sought comment or clarification from Sony on the matter. Once the message is opened the PS4 crashes and users typically have to start in Safe Mode and rebuild the database.

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