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If your PS4’s clock battery is dead, your console will be dead too

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For the most part, at least, nothing lasts forever, and that’s what we usually expect from our electronic devices due to wear and tear. However, if you have the PS4, there appears to be a ticking “time bomb” in the console in the form of the console’s clock battery. If the battery runs out, so is your console.

This comes from a report by trusted hacker Lance McDonald, created in response to a tweet from Does It Play, an account dedicated to preserving video games. According to McDonald, the PS4’s watch battery is tied to the PS4’s trophy system to prevent gamers from taking advantage of it.

The problem, however, is that because of this association, all digital files will become unusable if the battery runs out and will ultimately be without the need to reconnect to the server. It also appears to stop playing the disc. The reasonably good news is that replacing the battery is possible and relatively easy. However, there are some concerns that there shouldn’t be a server in the future that would allow Sony to turn the PSN off again, which ultimately turns the console into a brick.

It seems Sony could easily fix this with a patch, but whether they want to or not is unclear. We have no idea how long the CMOS battery should last, but if you want to keep and play your PS4 for years to come, this is something you need to consider.

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