[Rumour] PS4 Assembly Line Reportedly Sabotaged by Foxconn Interns

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  1. Foxi4
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    The PS4's launch has definitely been a bitter-sweet one. On one hand, Sony is celebrating due to over one million sales in the first 24 hours, on the other, many of those consoles are reportedly dead on arrival. A recent post on the Foxconn forums sheds some light on what might've caused at least a portion of these issues.

    "The PS4's we assemble can be turned on at best." - says a "confession" posted openly on IGN forums. The interns in the Chinese Yantai plant allegedly damaged the systems on purpose in protest against terrible working conditions. The original post has since been deleted by the forum staff, however Neowin managed to grab a screenshot of it:
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    This is not the first time we hear of employee mistreatment in Foxconn facilities - the company went through phases of employee suicides, protests and now also alleged sabotages of production lines. Whether or not any of this is true remains to be seen, but it certainly puts Foxconn in a bad light once more.

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    Stupid Sony :angry:

    they're worse than the mafia!
     
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    lol i have hear that: some foxconn interns SPIT inside the ps4 parts... lol
     
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    This is actually reason for concern not only for future PS4 owners but also for those who purchase Apple's, Nintendo's or Microsoft's products, among many other. Foxconn is a major manufacturer and its employees are disgruntled, underpaid, tired and depressed. Such incidents will occur more and more often until Foxconn faces some serious sanctions (which will probably never happen "because China").
     
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    Foxconn is officially worse than Hitler. Thanks Obama.
     
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    Is that Foxconn? Depressing building.
     
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    I don't think Sony's really at fault here, they're merely customers.

    The real monsters are probably the Foxconn management.
     
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    "Hey ping! I'll give 20 bucks if you can jump past the safety nets!"
     
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    They had to put nets up because so many people were jumping off the roof :(
     
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    Before we pull out pitchforks and torches, I'd like to remind everyone that so far this is an unconfirmed rumour, hence the use of words such as "reportedly" and "allegedly", although the story seems all-too-probable.

    On one hand, the post could've been written by just about anyone who knows Chinese, on the other, the thread popped up in a section dedicated to Xi'an Technological University North Institute from which Foxconn allegedly hired students for so-called "forced internship".

    It's all very convenient considering the company's past incidents, but it could be even too convenient. I guess time will tell (or not) if there's a grain of truth in these allegations.
     
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    I think I'd heard this somewhere before, but now here's positive proof. Y'know, Sony, I would love to put PS4's together for you, provided you pay me a decent sum of money. Living in the United States is expensive. (Just to throw this out there.) Um, Tom said "They had to put nets up because so many people were jumping off the roof :( "and GameWinner likes this (or rather the post) I'm sorry for misinterpreting this, but, I feel concerned.

    Edit: I've heard this rumour before, two times I think.
     
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    The rumour has been floating around for the past 24-or-so hours, but it wasn't reported here yet so I made a thread about it.

    As for the whole "putting things together" part of your post, this is the bitter cost of the luxury we live in - manufacturing in China is simply expotentially cheaper than anywhere else, especially when the company hires interns en-masse - workers who aren't even paid for their jobs more often than not. Internship is indentured servitude for the sake of obtaining a degree, more or less.
     
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    True or not, I'd like to see some kind of tariff placed on countries/companies with inhuman working conditions so that the costs these companies save are offset by the tariff making us look to manufacturers that are not exploitative. Of course I don't know if it would actually work or just lead to corruption on the "regulation" side.
     
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    ...Why? It's true, they had to put up nets because people were jumping as if they were in the olympics.
     
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    I personally think this is complete BS. If this was posted and seen back in August, how come it's just appearing on news sites now? Don't you think Sony and/or Foxconn would've looked into it, assuming it had any truth to it? Also, the guy that posted about it on the IGN forums signed up the day that he posted the thread, so the legitimacy of this is about the same as some kid signing up on GBAtemp and saying he hacked the Wii U the same day.
     
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    Well, ya, that's something to be concerned about. I mean, why were they jumping off anyway? There's got to be some link between the powerless PS4s and people jumping off the roof where the PS4s are assembled.
    So they're a bunch of cheapskates. They'd rather "hire" interns instead of a hard working person like me. And interns don't get paid anyway, so they're not even having to pay the otherwise extremely low wage that regular workers get. That's awful; I hope it really is a rumour.
     
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    That's true, but if you wished to remain anonymous, you probably wouldn't use your own account - you'd create an Alt, hence you would have no posts. Of course you very well may be right, it could be complete BS and I'm sure Sony will make a statement about it if prompted for a comment. Either way, we can definitely rule out "super-secret covert operations by Microsoft/Nintendo" conspiracy theories right off the bat since both companies have their systems and accessories manufactured by Foxconn.
    The interns part likely isn't because that's how things work in China. The above rumour may be false and as Forstride mentions, there are good reasons for disbelief. As for being cheapskates, if those systems weren't manufactured in China, you'd be looking at a completely different pricetag on the final product.
     
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    Not just PS4s are built there by the way. Foxconn is also responsible for the iPad, iPod, PS3, Wii U, and much more.
     
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    Welcome to the world of business?

    We could not produce all the affordable electronics we have access to right now without the cheap manufacturing that companies like Foxconn provide. I mean, take a look at this article; it's a difference of $4.2 billion, and that's just Apple.

    Companies will turn to Foxconn and its ilk because they keep the costs low, customers will continue to buy the products because, at the end of the day, their number 1 focus is their own bottom line, and people will continue to work at these factories because, for all the shitty working conditions and horrible mistreatment, a job is a job. This happens whenever a country begins its industrial development (England and the US are certainly no strangers to it), and unfortunately there's no quick solution. Change and reform takes a long, long while to get off the ground.