Foxconn Interns Reportedly Damaged PS4 Consoles, Sony Celebrates 1 Million Sales in 24 Hours
November 17, 2013 5:59 PM
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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
, interns from a Foxconn plant in Yantai, China sabotaged
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,
grabbed a screenshot for proof.
The original forum post [SOURCE: Neowin.net]
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
, ranging from "worth it, go buy it" to "maybe you should wait for Xbox One reviews."
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11/18/2013 11:52:50 AM
Products these days are assembled from hundreds or even thousands of parts, some of which can have billions of parts on the microscopic level.
Not many people building those by hand in your imaginary world of perfection. It's not pride, simple economics. If Sony didn't build the PS4 this way, they'd have to do extra QA design and procedures, discard more stock, incur ever greater capital expenditures and or just wait until more reliable processes emerged in a few decades (assuming their competitors would wait - which they won't).
Do you want a PS4, Xbox One, or Smartphone today or next century?
"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins
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