The Sony PS4 is the only console that can compete with the powerful Xbox. They have the same processing power, which allows them to share multiple games. This is great news for video game fans around the world.
When the console was first released, it received very positive reviews. Now, seven years later, as we await the release of the next generation of consoles, we feel that the PS4 is not as easy to use.
Other than more power for more detailed and graphically powerful games, there isn’t much to improve on, so the PS4 will always hold a place in many people’s hearts.
When your PS4 gives out random errors without explanation, such as error code CE-43461-8, it can be scary, and we’re here to help you find a solution.
Consoles are in constant need of software updates, so everyone will likely encounter this error at some point.
What causes the PS4 error code CE-43461-8?
This error code often appears when you download the latest software or firmware update.
Unfortunately, there is no way to know what this error code might be until the software update.
In most cases, the PS4 CE-43461-8 error code is related to the system’s internal hard drive. We recommend that you perform the following steps. However, if problems persist, you may need to take a more invasive approach to your PS4.
How can I fix PS4 error code CE-43461-8?
Rebuild the database
If the error occurred after a failed update and CE-43461-8 appeared along with Blueray player problems, it is most likely a database problem.
Some concerned users believe that this particular error is probably caused by a logical error. In this case, restoring the database will solve most of the problems, which may prevent you from installing the next firmware update.
Note: If the error code CE-43461-8 you encountered is related to file corruption, the database recovery process may affect your personal files. Therefore, be sure to back up your saved game data (if it is not already saved to the cloud) before starting this process.
When you are ready to start the database restore operation, remember that ideally, you should do it from the “Restore” menu (through the “Safe Mode” menu).
- First, make sure your console is fully powered on, then turn it on in the traditional way by holding down the power button on the console until the Power Options menu appears. When it does, select Power Off Ps4 from the pop-up menu.
- After turning the console off, wait a full minute to make sure the console is back on.
- Then press and hold the power button until you hear a second beep. Once you hear this message, release the power button – the console will go into safe mode.
- On the first safe mode screen, you’ll have to connect the DualShock 4 controller using a USB-A cable.
- Once the controller is connected, use it to scroll through the available options, select Rebuild Database (option 5), and press X to start the process.
- Patiently wait for the process to complete. Don’t panic and don’t restart the console if you don’t see any progress – locks are to be expected. This process will take much longer if you are using a regular hard drive than if you are using an SSD.
- Once the database restore is complete, you will be prompted to perform a normal reboot. Do this and see if the CE-43461-8 error clears when you try to reinstall the firmware update after the next boot.
PS4 console initialization
The main reason for the CE-34335-8 error code after a failed update is due to corrupted data in the firmware update file your console is trying to use.
Several users who have also encountered this problem have confirmed that they were able to resolve it by initializing the PS4 console.
If you are looking for specific instructions on how to back up your data and then reset your PS4 console, follow the instructions below:
- First, make sure you’re logged into your PSN account, where you’ve saved all the necessary data.
- After that, use the main panel to enter the Settings menu.
- Once in the Settings menu, navigate to the Manage Stored Data in App menu and select Stored Data in System Store.
- Once in the next menu, select Upload to Online Storage from the list of options and press X to go to it.
- When you get to the next screen, press the Option key on the controller and select Select Multiple Applications.
- Then select each corresponding set of backups you want to keep.
- After selecting all the content you want, press the Download/Copy button to send it to the cloud or copy it to a flash drive.
- After confirming the process, press the PS button on the controller to bring up the Guide menu and then the Power menu.
- Then select Turn off PS4 from the Power menu and wait for the console to turn off completely.
- After turning the console off, wait at least 30 seconds and hold down the power button until you hear two consecutive beeps. The second beep means that the console will soon enter the restore menu.
- When you are finally in the recovery menu, connect the controller via a USB-A cable.
- After connecting the controller and going to the next menu, select option 6 (Initialize PS4) and press X to start the process.
- When prompted to confirm, click Yes to start the process, then wait for it to complete.
- Once the process is complete, your console will reboot normally.
- If this happens, go to Settings -> Manage Application Data.
- From the Manage Saved Data menu in the application, select Saved Data in Online Storage.
- Then follow the on-screen instructions to upload your previously saved data to the cloud.
- If you previously saved data to a flash drive, select Save Data to USB Drive instead.
- After the process is complete, reinstall the problematic firmware update and check to see if the problem is resolved.
Delete the update notification
In some cases, the CE-34335-8 error occurs due to a notification queue failure. According to some affected users, this problem can occur after a system crash when the system is preparing to install an update.
If this scenario applies, you may be able to resolve the problem by clearing the notification queue of the failed firmware update.
- On the PS4 console’s main dashboard, use the ribbon at the top to select the notification panel.
- While there, click the triangle button to enter uninstall mode.
- Once in uninstall mode, select the item related to the update you want to get rid of and press X – Alternatively, if you have multiple notifications, you can use Select All to select them all at once.
- Once you have selected each notification, select the Delete button and press X once.
- At the next prompt, confirm the process and make sure there are no notifications in the notification panel about the current firmware update.
- Finally, restart the console and make sure the problem is resolved the next time you start the console.
Frequently Asked Questions
Error code CE-43461-8 occurs for some users when they try to install new firmware available for their console. This problem sometimes occurs when the system crashes unexpectedly while preparing to install the update.
The PS4 error CE-43461-8 occurs when you update your PS4 with a new version of the PS4 firmware. The PS4 internal hard drive may be partially damaged. Internet connection is very slow or nonexistent.
- Turn off the PS4 and do not use sleep mode.
- Press and hold the power button until you hear two quick beeps.
- Connect the DualShock 4 controller to the USB-A connector on the front of the PS4.
- Scroll down to option 5, Rebuild Database.
- Using the PS4 controller, select "Settings.
- Select "Update System Software."
- Select "Update Now."
- If updates are available, select "Continue" and wait for the download to complete.
- Select "Accept."
- The update should now install itself.