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How to fix the CE-34788-0 PS4 error code

The PlayStation, like any other device, can run into problems. Some of these may be simple to fix e.g., a network error or a cache error. Others may require that you to uninstall and reinstall a game. The platform also experiences more serious errors such as the CE-34788-0 error. This error points to  problem with the firmware’s files.

CE-34788-0 PS4

Fix CE-34788-0 PS4 error

The firmware on any device can be corrupted. This may happen if a device isn’t shut down properly, if an update to the firmware goes wrong, or if the device loses power. There can be other reasons why the firmware on a PS4 is corrupt but regardless, this error code points to problems with it. This is fixable but you will be better off if you have a recent back up of your games. 

Hard reset PS4

A hard reset can fix the CE-34788-0 error. It doesn’t refresh the core firmware files but it does help if the damage to the files doesn’t extend to the core files.

  1. Press and hold the power button on the console until it turns off.
  2. Disconnect the console from the power source.
  3. Wait 10-15 minutes.
  4. Connect the console to the power source again.
  5. Wait for the LED to turn from white to orange.
  6. Turn the console on and the error should be gone.

Update PS4 firmware

If a hard reset doesn’t fix the error, you need to update the firmware. Since you’re unable to boot to the console, you will have to manually update the console. It’s not difficult but you must have access to a computer and a USB in order to update the firmware. It’s a good idea to use an external storage device to back up your games at this point.

  1. On your computer, visit the PS4 firmware update page in a browser.
  2. Download the latest update/firmware version that is available.
  3. Connect the USB to your computer.
  4. Copy the firmware to the USB.
  5. Disconnect the USB from the  computer and connect it to the console.
  6. The console should be off.
  7. Press and hold the power button and release it when you hear two beeps.
  8. Select to boot into Safe mode.
  9. Choose the Update system software option.
  10. Select Update from USB storage device.
  11. Select OK and the firmware will be updated.
  12. Once the update is complete, boot the console and the error will be gone.


The PS4 isn’t more or less prone to firmware problems than other consoles or devices. The fact is, problems with the firmware can happen. It’s a good idea to regularly keep everything backed up in case you need to wipe the console. 


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