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REPORT: Foxconn workers intentionally damaging PS4 units on assembly lines?

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Jan 26, 2011
Lock if old, but have there been any other reports of this happening? Any other Foxconn workers making confessions online about sabotaging manufacturing lines or just a hoax?

Foxconn Interns Reportedly Damaged PS4 Consoles, Sony Celebrates 1 Million Sales in 24 Hours

Tiffany Kaiser - November 17, 2013 5:59 PM

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.

Link: http://www.dailytech.com/Foxconn+In...1+Million+Sales+in+24+Hours/article33765c.htm
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