As more and more PS4s find their way to new owners we’re unfortunately getting quite a few reports of bricked consoles, and most of the issues appear to relate to either the HDMI port on the device or its hard-drive.
This thread on Reddit has a handy breakdown of the reported issues (as does this Pastebin post), and as you’ll see while a lot of the bricked console reports appear to come from people who won a free PS4 via the Taco Bell contest, there are others too, including from gaming publications such as IGN, GiantBomb and Kotaku.
Sony itself has weighed in on the issue both officially and unofficially. First it said that only 0.04% of pre-launch units that have shipped to date have been reported as defective. Meanwhile SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida also acknowledged the issues via Twitter with the following:
Be assured we are investigating reported PS4 issues. The number is very small compared to shipped, we believe they are isolated incidents.
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) November 14, 2013
If you want to minimize the chances of your console bricking when you update it to 1.50 (or even bricking full stop) then we recommend following this guide to updating the software on the console.