PS4 1.7 Firmware Causing Black Screen & Flickering, Fixes Trophy Syncing & File Corruption Issues

New undocumented fixes and bugs alike have emerged with the latest update.

Posted By | On 30th, Apr. 2014 Under News


The new firmware update 1.7 is live for the PlayStation 4 and brings a ton of new features such as an option to disable HDCP, export clips to USB and more. It also marks the debut of SHAREfactory which lets users edit videos on the PlayStation 4 with a variety of effects. You can even add your own commentary tracks. However, the update hasn’t been without its share of issues.

One Reddit user reported a black screen bug on disabling HDCP. After disabling HDCP and launching SHAREfactory, the user stated that, “After playing around with a BF4 clip for a few minutes, and being quite impressed I realised I couldn’t hear any sound. So I backed out, went to Amazon to quickly play some TV to check that sound was working (quicker than loading a game, or so I thought) and went straight to a black screen. Despite numerous reboots, I’ve since been unable to connect directly from PS4–>HDMI–>TV. I just get the black screen.

“My Vita Remote Play showed the PS4 normally, and whenever I’ve hit Amazon since it’s said to Enable HDCP (makes sense).”

That’s not all. Another user reported that, “Ever since I updated my ps4 has been flickering like crazy, even when not attached to my elgato capture card. It seems like once I turn HDCP off, it blinks like a mad man, and won’t stop til I turn it back on.. really confused and disappointed about this.”

One user even revealed that the PS4 doesn’t recognize WD 500 GB external HDDs.

There have been a few fixes though. If you watch videos on an app and download a file at the same time, the latter no longer becomes corrupted. Another user reported that an error that prevented Rayman Legends trophies from syncing has been fixed with the newest update.

Have you noticed any other bugs or silent fixes with the new update? Let us know below.

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