Videogame news outlets and contest winners who received their PlayStation 4 units early have reported that the consoles have been malfunctioning, with faulty HDMI output jacks.
Sony has acknowledged the broken units, but states, "A handful of people have reported issues with their PlayStation 4 systems. This is within our expectations for a new product introduction, and the vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We are closely monitoring for additional reports, but we think these are isolated incidents and are on track for a great launch. There have been several problems reported, which leads us to believe there isn't a singular problem that could impact a broader percentage of systems. The number of affected systems represents less than .04 percent of shipped units to date, which is within our expectations for a new product introduction."
The PlayStation 4 launches late tonight at midnight, so whether Sony's claim those units are isolated incidents or a major production problem will be answered in the next 48 hours.