No new hardware launch is complete without a few bumps along the way, and there do appear to be some software corruption issues with the PlayStation 5 right now. While the vast majority of systems appear to be recovering just fine, sadly there are a few reports of units being sent to the Sony graveyard, but there’s obviously no reason to panic at this stage.
So, what’s going on? Well, the most common error appears to be the Rebuild Database bug, which we’ve actually encountered ourselves. For us, it occurred when we attempted to boot a PlayStation 4 game from an external HDD about a week or so ago. The console powered down, and an error message appeared on reboot: “The database is corrupted, it will now rebuild.”
Upon following the prompts our console has been perfectly fine, but others have encountered very similar issues when putting the system in Rest Mode during Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered and when performing Data Transfers from the PlayStation 4. We’ve seen some suggest that you should not use an external HDD or Rest Mode right now, but we think that’s a bit extreme.
Sony will hopefully be monitoring the feedback very closely, and we imagine there’ll be a firmware update to fix these rare but clearly problematic glitches. This is one instance, we suppose, where the postponed European release date works in fans’ favour: consider that the rest of the world is just doing a bit of beta testing for you.