So if you've been following the PlayStation 4 drama over its entire day of being on the market and available for general public, you'll find that the internet is now flooded with FUD stories ranging from simple things (not being able to log into PSN) to things that have not properly been confirmed (the system is overheating, smoking and bricking).
Given how much FUD spreads through the internet – and at a faster pace than your auntie's fingers stitching together a Swarovski crystal spread during the national quilting competition – it's become nothing but a harbinger of bad news and a dearth of positivity relating to anything PS4.
If you've bothered to read comments from any gaming site, they're all pointing to Amazon's verified reviews, where approximately half of the users seem to note that their console arrived in less-than-pristine condition and either showed up dead on arrival or stopped working shortly after plugging it in.
One of the recurring themes of a lot of the comments about the system arriving dead on arrival is that the packaging and box were badly damaged upon arrival. Simple deduction would also denote that the PS4 may have arrived DOA because it was mishandled during transport and key components may have been damaged during shipping. However, given the lack of proper information on all these claims, it's difficult to pinpoint what the actual problem could be with systems being bricked out of the box.
Trucking right along... over on Reddit there's a thread about the PS4s suffering Red Lights of Doom, aggregated from an article on GameZone. The comment section seems devoid of the typical panic of PS4 owners yelling out about Red Lights of Doom or their console bricking. Strangely, many of the comments on the thread rarely point to their own issues with the PS4 but only note sympathy for those encountering the issue.
There's also a lengthy NeoGaf thread about these “widespread” issues, but again, many of these individuals suffering these problems also seem to have received their units from Amazon. Thankfully, NeoGaf also has a troubleshooting thread for users to try a few things to get their system working again.