At this point, it’s clear that there’s a problem with PlayStation 4 firmware update v2.00 that’s affecting a growing number of people. The issue persists when you put your system in standby, as it becomes difficult to turn the console back on again. Sony’s official response to this unfortunate oversight has been to re-install the latest operating system overhaul, which you can do from Safe Mode. There are full instructions for that through here.
However, a large number of users are having luck with a second strange solution – even though we’ve been unable to verify it for ourselves. If you’re willing to give anything a go to get your system running properly again, then on your primary account, go to ‘Settings’ and select ‘PSN’. From there, tap ‘Account Information’, followed by ‘Sign-In ID (Email)’, and ‘Verify’. You’ll be sent a link to your inbox, which, when clicked, will verify your email address. Apparently this works.
We know that it seems like a long shot on paper – we were sceptical, too – but it does appear to be bringing some people success. Whether it’s a placebo effect or not remains to be seen, but if you’ve exhausted all other options, it may be worth giving a go. Otherwise, it may be best to just avoid Rest Mode until Sony issues an inevitable stability update – hopefully sometime next week.