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Microsoft's reputation management sitting at their computers ready to defend the Xbox One on Reddit, N4G, GameFaqs, NeoGaf and the System Wars threads probably need to go change their pants right now because the biggest piece of flamebait they've been using to dog the PS4 has officially been shot down by developers.
DualShockers actually did some journalistic legwork (a rarity in the gaming space these days, though I'm sure saying this makes some members of the Doritocracy salty in the eyes and hurt about the bum slightly) and they asked a number of developers if the rumors were true about the PS4 having overheating issues. Many of them simply came forward to say... “No!”
Before we get to proof that buries one of the most ridiculous pieces of FUD spreading throughout the gaming community, let's first point to a piece of evidence that imbued all this rumor mongering and false equivalency of hardware failure from those who have been Xboned. The image below was reported on by PlayerEssence and managed to cause quite a stir.
Those who have been Xboned up their fanboy hole have been begging us to write about the PS4 overheating, constantly saying that the console is doomed and failed because someone snapped a photo with no context other than that the PS4 was inside a small box with no ventilation and only an anti-freeze drinking, CRT chip-sniffer would expect the system not to overheat if left on for a long period of time with no heat dissipation.
Anyway, to appease those who have been Xboned, this article has been made mostly to prove that reputation management trying to take a dump on the PS4 is nothing but FUD. I'm sure reputation management's NSA overlords won't be pleased.
According to DualShockers, they spoke with Warframe's Meridith Braun of Digital Extremes who confirmed to them that the PS4 dev kits do not have any overheating issues when used under strain.
Creative director, Yousuf Mapara, from Switchblade Monkeys also confirmed to DualShockers that...
We’ve been using a bunch of dev kits. They’ve been on almost all the time, sometimes even over night. They’ve always stayed cool, never even gotten warm so It has never suggested the threat of a problem. We have had no problems with any of the dev kits throughout development.
They had quotes from more than seven other developers who wished to remain anonymous, one of which cited that he didn't want to get involved with the console war fluff (too late, hombre) stating...
We don’t really like getting in the middle of console war stuff /rumors so we’d rather not be credited for a quote, but this makes me giggle. We’ve been using test and dev kits for a while. No over heating issues. We run them for full business hours and beyond. Granted, they aren’t identical to what will be released, so really anyone claiming to have an issue is either fabricating it, or it would be something I’d expect resolved in the final model. No issues on our end that I’ve seen.
Others kept it simple and only wanted everyone to know that both the PS4 and Xbox One have been behaving nicely for them, aiming to avoid being flamed, with one developer stating that...
None of our devkits, either PS4 or Xbox One, had any overheating problems. We have so many and we use them so much that if there was any big issue we’d have probably noticed something, but no, they all worked and still work like a charm.
All of the developers shot down the rumor that the PS4 has overheating issues. That's not to mention that locking a device that generates heat in an enclosed environment for a length of time will also produce negative results. Anyone else perpetuating this is either a reputation manager or a very, very, very butthurt fanboy.