Rainbow 6 Siege update rendering PlayStation 4 consoles inoperable

Following an update that arrived yesterday to the PlayStation 4 version of Ubisoft's tactical shooter, Rainbow Six Siege, it seems that anyone accessing the social features of the game such as opening the friend list or sending a party invite can cause the console to crash.

Once the crash occurs, players are reporting that the console becomes unusable, with repeated crashes afterward, despite not launching the game again. The issue seems to be quite far-reaching, with numerous PlayStation 4 owners claiming to now have "bricked" consoles on both the PlayStation 4 and Rainbow Six Reddit communities. While there are fears of hard drives being corrupted due to the crashes, there is no solid confirmation of this happening yet.

Ubisoft has put out a notice on its support website stating the following regarding the issue:

Players have reported a crashing issue regarding the party invitation. We are cooperating with Sony on this issue and would advise you to not use this feature until a resolution is found.

In the meantime, you can keep yourself updated on our official Twitter channel.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

According to the Ubisoft Support Twitter account, while the game itself is still fully playable, PlayStation 4 players are now barred from sending invites to other players. If the party invites are indeed the root cause of the problem, this temporary solution should stop further PlayStation 4 players from being affected.

Hopefully, Sony and Ubisoft will be able to track down the fault quickly and mend the affected consoles. It’s a wonder how an issue like this passed through Sony's certification process, considering updates go through a significant testing period to avoid complications just like this one.

Note that the issue in question only seems to have hit the PlayStation 4, with the PC and Xbox One versions of Rainbow Six Siege being unaffected.

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