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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: 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 mixed reviews, ranging from "worth it, go buy it" to "maybe you should wait for Xbox One reviews."

Sources: Neowin.net, Reuters



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RE: True
By Mitch101 on 11/18/2013 1:46:40 PM , Rating: 2
On the original XBox sure and this isn't nearly as bad as that but I don't think were looking at 1% here maybe 3-5% is more likely.

Keep in mind a lot of these will be put under the X-Mas tree, sold on e-bay, and birthdays before x-mas.


RE: True
By retrospooty on 11/18/2013 2:07:35 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, so far it does look like more than a tiny problem... but you never know,if you want to look at what you posted, the Amazon reviews, its being rated as good as any console ever. and whatever the percentage we have now is the same percentage of pass and fail that are sitting under Christmas trees. It does seems like a lot of noise for a minor issue. It's probably not too minor.


RE: True
By Mitch101 on 11/18/2013 2:40:03 PM , Rating: 1
Ill be getting one just dont know when.

Im tempted to e-bay my XBone and wait till both consoles do thier price drops. By then there will be some $20-$30.00 best seller titles.

Im just not feeling it in the consoles right now. Ill play on the PC and they wont cost me $60.00 each.


RE: True
By Reclaimer77 on 11/18/2013 4:15:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Im tempted to e-bay my XBone


I hope you clean all your love stains off it first ^_^


RE: True
By retrospooty on 11/18/2013 4:53:02 PM , Rating: 2
remind me to cancel my Ebay account.


RE: True
By Mitch101 on 11/18/2013 5:09:54 PM , Rating: 2
Lame attempt at humor I passed on the Windows Tablet because of price and am thinking on passing on the XBox One and waiting till the price drops yet this is Microsoft love?


RE: True
By Reclaimer77 on 11/18/2013 8:56:33 PM , Rating: 2
This is a common theme for you, isn't it?

You trolled ANYONE who didn't think the Surface was the geatest thing since the asian sex swing.

Then you don't buy one.

You went on a personal crusade against anyone who rightly took issue with MS's absurd original plans for the Xbone. Later you made it your personal goal to downplay the Playstations superior hardware.

Now you aren't going to buy one.


RE: True
By retrospooty on 11/18/2013 9:20:07 PM , Rating: 2
LOL. It was pretty hard to swallow, even for him. ;)


RE: True
By Monkey's Uncle on 11/18/2013 7:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
ew. spooge stains...


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