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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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RE: True
By FITCamaro on 11/18/2013 7:52:37 AM , Rating: -1
Well they also don't build them like they used to because idiot environmentalists and legislators who listen to them have gotten a lot of the more robust but possibly "harmful" building materials banned. We can't build electronics with lead solder because what if a kid sucks on it.

RE: True
By FaaR on 11/18/2013 8:10:35 AM , Rating: 5
You got the biggest hard-on for solder lead I ever saw, for years you've gone on pissing and moaning about "environmentalists" and how stupid (or evil) they are and so on. Well, it should be a big comfort to you that your own car battery's stuffed chock full of lead. Just go out into your garage and take a big fat bite out of it whenever you feel the lead cravings set in.

In the meantime, maybe you want to consider that when lead solder consumer electronics end up in household garbage - as it inevitably does because most people just can't be bothered to properly recycle their unwanted or broken stuff - and get dumped in landfills or incinerated in a powerplant, that lead will get released into the biosphere where it eventually ends up in something you yourself - or loved one, if you are capable of expressing such feelings - will eat or drink. So tip your hat to your friendly neighborhood environmentalists next time you see them, because they keep your central nervous system safe from extremely poisonous lead. And many other dangerous things besides.

RE: True
By retrospooty on 11/18/2013 10:27:35 AM , Rating: 1
Not to mention a few simple facts.

1. This issue has nothing to do with lead solder
2. Non lead solder has no quality issues.

Non-lead is generally harder to work with as it has a higher "spreadable" temperature range and is therefore a bit harder to work with, but once manufacturing switched over from lead to non-lead solder years ago and got the right equipment, there is zero difference in quality.

RE: True
By retrospooty on 11/18/2013 10:28:54 AM , Rating: 1
Actually, by most measures non-lead is better and stronger if anything.

RE: True
By 1prophet on 11/18/2013 12:39:22 PM , Rating: 3
Until it gets old and grows whiskers

ohn Keller, Editor in Chief Click here to enlarge image A slow-motion train wreck in military and aerospace electronics design is taking place right in front of us. Everyone seems powerless to do anything to head off the catastrophe, yet no one can tear his eyes away from the impending crash that we all know is virtually certain to happen.

The wreck-in-progress revolves around the evolving switch in the electronics industries in the U.S., Europe, and throughout the world from conventional lead solders to the new lead-free solders. The specific threat is tin whiskers, which are physical abnormalities that grow in nonlead solders that lead to unpredictable shorting and failures of electronic parts.

This phenomenon will compromise the reliability and reputation of most, if not all, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) electronic parts and subsystems.

RE: True
By retrospooty on 11/18/13, Rating: 0
RE: True
By retrospooty on 11/18/2013 9:54:31 AM , Rating: 2
Defects happened before RoHS and after RoHS, and electronics have never been built "like they used to". There are simply some products that are built better than others, both before and after RoHS and some manufacturers that are sloppier than others both before and after RoHS. This has nothing to do with lead

"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation

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