This is still the case with launch consoles: there are going to be problems in the system. Last night while i was playing Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla on the Xbox Series XI went to award newly arrived skill points, and the thing just got stuck. The first few times this happened to me I did this thing where I hit the buttons a bit at random, hoping things would work out, but at this point I knew what was going to happen: j just turned off the console and moved on.
The Xbox Series X and PS5 both have had their fair share of crashing issues since launch, and I still see a ton of reports on social media besides dealing with them myself. While people talk about various causes and situations, there seem to be certain themes: Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla appears a lot for Xbox Series X, and Call of Duty: Cold War Black Ops apparently has problems on both systems. There are also issues with Rest Mode and Quick Resume, as well as earlier issues with people struggling to get the console to stop playing the latest generation versions of Cold War.
The advantage? These items start and load games much faster than their predecessors, which minimizes the time it takes to restart everything. I haven’t had any issues with the PS5, but apparently it always fixes the hard drive when it shuts down under non-ideal circumstances, which can be jarring, but you quickly learn to live with it.
The causes of these accidents are still difficult to pin down, but they are probably as diverse as the situations in which they arise. I would expect this to continue for a few weeks, but eventually go away due to a combination of firmware updates for the consoles themselves as well as software updates for the games affected.
I got the feeling the PS5 was a bit hot when it came to its firmware, but even so, those console launches don’t look that bad at all in the grand scheme of things. The Red Ring of Death is still at the top of the mountain of launch console issues, but crash issues are most of what I see: I’ve seen a person or two mention their reasons for doing so. had to return their consoles to get a new one, but these were very rare. I think I had to replace my Xbox One launch, and issues with my PS4’s HDMI port gave me all kinds of headaches. These problems are annoying, but they are not as serious as these.