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Anthem players say the game is bricking some PS4s

There are concerning crashes happening when PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro users attempt to play Anthem.


BioWare has addressed a few of Anthem's technical issues since it launched, but PS4 users are encounter some pretty unfortunate crashes. Gamers on Sony's latest console are sharing that they're getting dropped to the main menu, to the PS4 dashboard, or even having their consoles completely shut off.

Kotaku reported the news, taking from a handful of users in the Anthem subreddit. Many of the gamers suffered from crashes that just cause an annoying push out of the game on both PS4 and PS4 Pro, but a few select issues are concerning. A couple of reports share that they've had the PS4 go into a similar state as if the console was shut down improperly, having to be started with the console's power button or even needing to be unplugged and plugged back one. One particular concerning report comes from a user that was playing on a Call of Duty: WWII limited edition PS4 and his console is completed bricked, meaning it is completely unplayable. There's no official statement from Sony or EA, but both parties are likely keeping on close eye on these developments.

If you're still on the fence when it comes to BioWare's online shooter and are concerned about any other technical issues the game has suffered, check out this excerpt from our full review of Anthem:

"Load screens were a nightmare to the point that it felt like I was spending more time staring at loading screens than in an actual mission. When I actually was in a mission, there were several instances of enemy pop-in, textures that would occasionally drop out, and high-powered boss characters that would die with about 20 percent health remaining.

Some of this was addressed in the day one patch released on Friday. Load times are slightly better, but they still come frequently. Worse yet, missions are far too strict about keeping you on your mission path. If you stray even by an inch, you'll get prompted to stay in your lane or get automatically sent to a loading screen to get you back on track. In many cases, even if you are on the right path, you'll get the warning anyway and suddenly get whisked away to the loading screen. It's a constant nuisance and ruins any flow."

Anthem is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. If you're working through the game and trying to figure out the best way to use the game's various mechanics, bookmark our Anthem guide and walkthrough for a constantly evolving collection of the best tips around. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional gaming and tech updates.

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