Sony has released the official PlayStation 4 manual, and it appears that the console will indeed show a red light if the system is overheating. According to the manual, Sony advises users that have this overheating issue to “turn off the system and wait until later to use it.”
Reports from October suggested that the PS4 had built-in overheating protection, that was signaled by a red light on the console. Attendees at public showings of the console in which the hardware was enclosed in an unventilated case reported the news, but Sony was quick to shoot down the claims. Following the reports of the red line sighting, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida claimed that this is “not true” in response to questions from potential purchasers.
The newly released user manual for the PS4 also outlines that 3D BluRay playback will not be available at launch for the console. You can check out the full PS4 user guide here.
While it’s nice to see that there is some built-in protection for overheating issues on the PS4, it’s unclear why Sony didn’t come out and clarify when given the chance. The PlayStation 4 is readying for release on November 15th in North America.