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The intern's forum post confession said, "The ps4 console we assemble can be turned on at best"

There has been some mixed news surrounding the launch of Sony's new PlayStation 4 gaming console. Over the weekend, Sony announced that it sold one million PS4s in the first 24 hours of availability.
However, a recent report suggests that interns at a Chinese Foxconn plant claim that a portion of first available PlayStation 4 consoles were purposefully sabotaged during the manufacturing process. 
According to a new report from Neowin, interns from a Foxconn plant in Yantai, China sabotaged the PS4 during manufacturing because they felt they were being mistreated in the workplace.
Foxconn is the trading name for Hon Hai Precision Co. in China where devices like the iPhone and iPad are made.
The interns spoke out about the sabotage on the IGN forums. While the original post is now deleted, Neowin grabbed a screenshot for proof.

The original forum post [SOURCE:]

Part of the post says, "The ps4 console we assemble can be turned on at best."
These claims have not yet been independently verified, but a quick trot over to Amazon shows that roughly a third of the over 1,900 reviews are one-star ratings with most users complaining of their consoles arriving DOA (the machine displays a pulsating blue light and refuses to boot).
Sony, however, has confirmed that some customers are experiencing difficulties and provided the following statement to IGN:
A handful of people have reported issues with their PlayStation 4 systems. This is within our expectations for a new product introduction, and the vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We are closely monitoring for additional reports, but we think these are isolated incidents and are on track for a great launch.

There have been several problems reported, which leads us to believe there isn’t a singular problem that could impact a broader percentage of systems. The number of affected systems represents less than .4% of shipped units to date, which is within our expectations for a new product introduction.
It also wouldn't be terribly surprising if the interns were experiencing troubles at Foxconn, considering the electronics manufacturer has been under the spotlight various times for mistreatment of workers in the past. 
Foxconn has been under the microscope since 2009 for various troubles like worker suicides, explosions in the plants due to aluminum dust build-up and other unsafe working conditions, riots, excessive overtime, low pay, etc.
The company came under fire earlier in 2012 when The New York Times published a massive article on the working conditions of Foxconn factories. Apple was also targeted because the report mentioned Apple's lack of action when receiving reports on these poor working environments and overtime/pay issues.
Foxconn gave employees a pay boost earlier this year and is cleaning its act up slowly but surely to comply with audits. It's even trying to deploy robots to replace human workers in an effort to escape its employee troubles. 
The PlayStation 4 was released in the U.S. on November 15 for $399. Tech news sites have given the new console mixed reviews, ranging from "worth it, go buy it" to "maybe you should wait for Xbox One reviews."

Sources:, Reuters

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By YearOfTheDingo on 11/18/2013 1:46:40 AM , Rating: 1
Industrial sabotage carries pretty severe punishment in the PRC. What would a saboteur gain from publicizing this? Not letting people know the defects were caused by sabotage would damage Foxconn more so. Lets hope no one ends up in a labor camp because some idiots in the West chose to repeat an accusation born out of malice.

By Manch on 11/18/2013 6:05:59 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah it's the idiots in the West who are at fault or.... Maybe the dumb@$$ saboteur's shouldnt have done that knowing the consequences...

By FaaR on 11/18/2013 8:02:09 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah, screw those dumbass saboteurs because they want to be treated like human beings instead of animals (as company CEO Terry Gou is fond of referring them as.)

You really don't have any concept of what words like 'empathy' et cetera means, do you?

By Manch on 11/18/2013 10:37:48 AM , Rating: 2
?? This was in response to the OP blaming "the idiots in the West" for the potential backlash they may recieve.

The article says "The interns spoke out about the sabotage on the IGN forums". Knowing the punishment, why would you do that! They were the ones who publicized it on an open forum! They obviously wanted it to be known, and of course people will pick up on it and it will make the news. My point is its not "the idiots in the West" fault if they get busted.

You really dont have any concept of staying on topic means do you?

By YearOfTheDingo on 11/18/2013 10:37:15 AM , Rating: 2
So they're smart enough to engineer a large scale failure that could pass under the eyes of QC, yet are so stupid that they readily reveal themselves? The topic name of the message above contains the name of the college the alleged saboteurs attend. That means Foxconn could easily narrow down which group of people were involved if such a plot really had existed. Why would the saboteurs deliberately give themselves away like that?

Smell like a hoax to me.

By Manch on 11/18/2013 10:41:21 AM , Rating: 2
Go read any book about spies and sabotuers and how they were busted. It's always dumb crap they never thought would hurt them, or someone doing somthhing out of emotion and not thinking rationally. I'm sure it wasnt there intent to expose themselves but to send a message about the working conditions. They probably didnt think it thru when they posted and that is noones fault but the poster.

By YearOfTheDingo on 11/18/2013 1:41:43 PM , Rating: 2
If their intent is to send a message about the working conditions at Foxconn, would it make sense to post a message about the working conditions at Foxconn ? There's nothing pointing to grievances that the alleged saboteurs suffered. The message reads roughly like this: Every time I see an advertisement for the PS4, I laugh. Sony made a big mistake entrusting production to Foxconn. Foxconn made a big mistake entrusting it to us, students at the Northern Information Technology Institute. Foxconn doesn't treat us as humans. We also don't treat their products as high quality products. The best hope is the machine will turn on. Ha ha! September 9th [sic] when the PS4 officially launches will be the day Sony and Foxconn go out of business.

If there were a concerted effort to disrupt the PS4 launch and the perpetrators want the world to know about it, one expects them to lay out the reasons behind their action. Instead, the poster is laughing about people getting DOA PS4. Not exactly a way to win outside sympathy. And why does the poster found it necessary to specifically name the school he supposedly attend?

By Manch on 11/18/2013 5:01:31 PM , Rating: 2
Like I said, posting crap out of emotion without thinking it thru. Your translation of the post proves my point. This part below

. Foxconn made a big mistake entrusting it to us, students at the Northern Information Technology Institute. Foxconn doesn't treat us as humans. We also don't treat their products as high quality products.

Well in the post they allude to the fact that Foxconn does't treat us as humans and says what school they attend. Sounds like a grievance to me, and a free clue for the investigators. Either way, my point is if they get busted its not because it was picked up on by the news in the west, it's because they took little effort in hiding who they are. We will see if this leads anywhere shortly. Probably be another Dailytech article about workers getting thrown int he slammer for sabotage. If you dont want people to know it was your handiwork then just STFU. Otherwise, you're gona get caught.

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