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How you can give your PS4 a fresh start with a factory reset

October 21, 2018 / JEREMY HORWITZ

Sometimes, you just need to start from scratch, even with a game console. Whether you’re trying to fix an error you haven’t been able to solve with our solutions guide or you’re having trouble beta testing the latest Playstation software update, you’ll want to know how to return your PlayStation 4 to pristine condition. To do that, you need to factory reset your PS4, a process that reverts it back to its original, out-of-the-box state.Before we begin, you should know that a factory reset completely wipes the console’s hard drive and can even remove its system software. It’s a last resort when a software glitch stops your PlayStation 4 dead in its tracks, particularly when booting up or when you want to make sure the console no longer has your data on it.You should back up any data you want to keep, such as images and video, to an external device or to the cloud. In order to back up data using the cloud, you’ll have to have a PlayStation Plus ac...