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PS5 Rest Mode is Bricking Consoles

Reports of the PS5's Rest mode causing issues continue to trickle in, and sometimes it can even completely brick the console.

It happens almost every console launch. Early adopters bring their brand new consoles home only to run into an issue that ruins the fun.

This time, it's the PS5 and the Rest mode. The feature is meant to allow users to get back into the action quicker, as this low power state negates the need for a cold boot.

Sony introduced this feature with the PS4. However, it appears to be causing some major issues this time around with the PS5.

What's Causing The Issue?

This issue started popping up before the release of the console, with games press and YouTubers reporting similar problems. It also appeared to mostly be happening to people who were using an external drive.

Putting the console into Rest mode with a game suspended seems to trigger the issue for most people. When the system awakes, users might get a message saying their database needs to be rebuilt.

Some also reported that games can crash when resuming out of Rest mode. Others, unfortunately, experienced a loss of saved data when using the feature.

Sony released a system update today for the PS5, version 20.02-02.25.00. Weighing in at 868MB, the update "improves system performance."

It's yet to be seen if this update fixes the issue, but one would think that a major fix like that would be included in the patch notes. But then again, most of the PS4's update notes were equally vague as well.

It's hard to tell how widespread the issue is. There are some long Reddit threads about it, but it's important to remember that people without issues don't tend to post that they're not experiencing problems.

PS5 Rest Mode Bricking Solution?

Sony has yet to officially comment on the issue.

In the meantime, it would be best to avoid using Rest mode entirely until there's a fix issued. To turn Rest mode off, go to 'Settings,' then 'Power Saving.' Next, hit the 'Set Time Until PS5 Enters Rest Mode' option and select 'Don't Put In Rest Mode.'

It might also be a good idea to avoid using an external drive if you can, although that's difficult do to the PS5's limited storage space.

On the topic of troubleshooting, here's a handy guide to all of the PS5's error codes and how to fix them. If you're like the rest of us and have yet to even acquire a new console, Target will have some stock next week.


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