PlayStation 4 is one of the bestselling consoles from the 8th generation of consoles. It had a convincing victory in terms of sales compared to its competitors. The console was praised from every angle, whether it’s hardware, software, or even controller.
The release of exclusives also boosted the console’s sales and is loved by whoever owns the console. Despite being almost perfect, the console is not safe from any issues. If you are a PS owner, you know what I am talking about.
Sometimes during playing, games suddenly crash, and the error appears on your screen. The error does not reveal many details that, why the game crashed. These issues are not related to games only.
If, while installing an update, the console gets interrupted due to any reason, the lovely console will turn into a nightmare. The error CE-34788-0 appears on the screen and becomes a hassle to fix.
Another similar error, which is not as annoying and frustrating as CE-34788-0 but is still irritating and can elevate itself to become frustrating to fix, is the error CE-34878-0.
This error appears when a person is playing a game on their PS4, and suddenly a blue screen appears on their television.
The console shows the following message after the game crashes:
An error has occurred in the following application.
These errors become irritating because they do not exactly tell the reason behind the error and what the possible solution for this issue is.
CE-34878-0 is one of the most common and widespread issues that bothers PS4 owners from time to time. The error indicated that the game which caused this error has crashed.
If the crash happens randomly, after restarting the game, you might be able to hop back into the game from the location where the game crashed. The PS4 itself is a very decent console that is prone to little to no error. CE-34878-0, however, is an exception.
With the help of this guide, you will be able to fix the problem with a breeze.
Overview Of Error CE-34878-0: The Causes
Understanding the error plays an important role in fixing it. It will tell you what the problem is and what could be the reasons that can cause the issue. Finding the root of the issue will limit the number of workarounds that you can try, which will save you a lot of time.
Some of the causes behind the crash are file corruption during download due to internet issues or unexpected shut down of the PS4. Below are some of the most common causes behind this issue:
Corrupted Or Outdated PS4 Firmware.
Firmware is software like PC BIOS which is installed in the permanently embedded memory of the consoles. Old and outdated firmware can cause the error CE-34878-0.
Make sure that you are not using outdated or corrupted PS4 firmware. You can check for your PS4 firmware update from the settings.
Corrupted Or Damaged Storage Drive.
A corrupted or damaged storage drive can not only cause issues with downloading stuff on your console but will also cause crashes in any game. People have reported the problem started to appear after getting a new hard drive or after replacing it with a used one.
If you have an extra hard drive lying around, try using that and install the game on that drive to see if you are still getting the error. If not, you should think about getting a compatible hard drive.
Poor Or Slow Internet Connection.
You might ponder why the game would crash due to a poor or unstable internet connection? It is a valid question.
Games that do not require an internet connection might not be affected by the internet connection, but if you are playing online, a poor internet connection can cause the game to crash.
These are one of the most common reasons behind the error CE-34878-0. If you think you might be facing this error due to other reasons, it is a possibility as it is hard to identify the exact cause of this crash.
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How To Fix PS4 Error CE-34878-0 Effectively
After identifying the possible causes of the issue will save you a lot of time, and you will fix the issue in no time.
Diagnosing the root of the problem is tricky. By following this guide carefully, not only you will be able to do that, but you will also be able to fix the crash quite effectively.
Before trying any of the workarounds that I am about to mention and discuss. If you keep getting the issue whenever you restart the game, which I am sure you are, which is why you are here.
With the help of the fixes down below, you can easily fix the irritating PS4 error CE-34878-0. So without wasting any time, let us get to the circumventions.
#1- Restart Console And Controller
The most obvious fix that you can try is restarting your PS4. Sometimes it is pretty normal for a game to crash after it faces any technical issue.
Perform a restart of your PC and even the controller. After restarting, start the game again to check if the error code CE-34878-0 still appears after playing the same game.
If it does not, the crash was a first-time thing. If you still keep facing the error, there are other reliable methods for your problem that will fix the issue in no time.
Sometimes, a simple restart tends to eliminate issues that usually seem hard to fix, or they are fixable but consumes some time.
Go to “Settings > Devices > Bluetooth Devices”. You will see the list of controllers connected with your PS4. There will be a green circle around the controller that is currently connected to your PS4.
Select the controller with a green circle, after selecting the controller you will see a “Disconnect” button. Press that and turn off your controller for a couple of minutes.
After a few minutes, turn on your controller and reconnect it with your console. Make sure to restart your PS4 meanwhile.
If you want, you can also perform a clean reset of your Dualshock 4 controller for peace of mind. Here is how you can do that:
- Turn off your PS4 and unplug Dualshock 4 from your console.
- There will be a small reset button on the back of the controller, it will be located near the L2 shoulder button.
- Grab a small pointy tool and insert it in the hole to press the little button inside. Hold the button for around 5 seconds.
- Now, turn on your PS4 and using a USB cable and connect your controller with your PS4.
- After connecting, press the PS button on the middle of the controller.
- Check the light behind the controller. If the light turns blue, the controller is successfully paired.
If restarting your console and controller does not help, try following the other fixes in the article.
#2- Restart The Game
If you have already tried this fix multiple times and you are still facing the CE-34878-0 error, feel free to skip this fix and try other workarounds. If you have not restarted, the game might be worth giving a shot.
I have multiple times fixed complex issues by simply restarting the software or hardware.
You likely have everything up-to-date, your console is in perfect condition, and you never faced the PS4 error Ce-34878-0 before. After a simple restart, you might be able to fix the issue.
Plus, it is one of the quickest workaround mentioned in the list. You can restart the game by simply running the game after facing the BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) error.
If you can play the game without any crashes, congratulations, your issue is resolved.
The game crashing again throwing the same error is very likely. If you are still getting the error, keep following this guide until you find your desired solution.
#3- Check For Game Updates
When was the last time did you check the game for updates? There might be a new pending update that you might have not downloaded for your game, and it is now crashing consistently.
An outdated software tends to cause issues.
It might not be the case for every program or game but ruling out the possibility is like ignoring a fix that could potentially fix the issue for many people who are annoyed by the PS4 CE-34878-0 code while trying to play their favorite games.
Here is how you can check for game updates on PS4:
- Turn on your PS4 and go to the main screen.
- Highlight the game which is causing the CE-34878-0 crashes. Press the “Options” button on your Dualshock 4 controller and select “Check for Update”.
- Wait for the system to check for updates. If there is an update pending, download and install the most recent update.
- After the download completes, launch the game causing the crashes to check if the error still appears or not.
If the issue was caused by an outdated game, performing this circumvent should remove the error, and you should be good to go.
#4- Install The Latest PS4 System Software
Just like an outdated game can cause issues, outdated PS4 system software will also be as problematic, if not more. Make sure that your PS4 is up-to-date with the latest firmware.
Updating and checking your console’s system to the latest version is a good practice, and it will save you from a lot of issues. Here is how you can check for firmware update on your PS4:
- Start your PS4 and go to settings.
- From the settings, find and select “System Software Update”.
- After clicking, the console will check for updates related to the system. If there exists any updated file, download and install it on your system.
- Wait for the console to complete the download and installation.
- If your PS4 is updated to the latest version, you will see something like
- Press “OK” and restart your console if necessary.
- Launch the game that was causing the BSOD error during playing to check if the error has been settled.
#5- Initialize PS4
PS4 initialization is another method that you can try in fixing the obnoxious PS4 error CE-34878-0. PS4 initialization will delete all existing PS4 data and restores the system setting and value to default.
Performing initialization is like performing a clean OS installation on a PC. All of your data will be deleted if you follow this method, including all users who have signed into your PS4.
However, if you have any external storage drive connected to your PS4, the data in that drive will not be deleted.
Note: Make a backup first
Before following this method, it is highly recommended to back up the necessary data that you do not want to lose. During the process, the system deletes everything on the system storage. Not only that, but it will also delete all users’ data from the storage.
Take any external storage drive, whether it is a USB drive, an external HDD. Copy your necessary data into the hard drive and make sure everything that you do not want to lose is backed up. After initialization, you will not be getting back your data.
You can back up your data by simply:
- Take an exFAT or FAT32 formatted USB and plug it into your PS4 console.
- Head over to the console’s “Settings” and then find and select “System”.
- Click the “Back Up and Restore” option.
- Out of the three options, highlight the “Back Up PS4” option.
- When highlighted, press the “X” button on your controller to start the backup.
- Connect an external hard drive or USB drive to your PS4 and copy important data into your respective storage drive.
This is why I emphasize creating a backup before initialization. Feel free to remove the storage drive from your PS4 or let it be connected with your PS4 after backing up.
Steps to Initialize PS4
Now that you have made a backup of your necessary files, follow the steps down below to initialize your PS4:
- On your PS4 main screen, head over to Settings.
- Select “Initialization” and then select “Initialize PS4”.
- Select the “Quick” option, to perform a quick initialization process.
- Do not turn off your console during initialization otherwise, you might have to face the CE-34788-0 error, which is nothing but a pain to fix.
- After initialization, back up your files from the external hard drive.
- Check if the issue persists or not.
#6- Turn off Face Recognition
You can log in to your PS4 by face recognition using the PlayStation camera. Like any android or iOS smartphone, using the PS camera, you log in to your PS4 instantly by face recognition feature.
Some people have reported that turning off this feature has helped them eliminating the CE-34878 PS4 error. If you are using face recognition, try disabling it for some time and try running the game during the duration this feature is turned off.
You can turn off the feature by:
- Turn on your PS4 if it is shut down.
- If you have a PlayStation camera attached to your PS4, unplug your camera and reboot your console.
- Log in to your PS4.
- Go to the “Settings” and then select the “Login Settings” option
- And then uncheck the “Enable Face Recognition” box.
- Run the game which is causing the error ce-34878-0 and check if you are still getting the crashes or not.
I am not exactly sure how this fix works and why it works, but hey, if anything works, we are not going to ignore it. If you have the facial recognition feature turned on, turning it off just for a few minutes might be worth it.
#7- Re-Install the Original Hard Drive
Mysteriously, if you have a new HDD installed on your PS4 due to compatibility issues, you might keep experiencing the CE-34878-0 error code on your monitor whenever you decide to play your favorite game.
Oddly, as per some people on the web, reinstalling the original hard drive works and has eliminated this issue in many cases. If you have your original hard drive from the PS4 lying around, it might be worth re-installing.
Bad sectors might also be the cause behind these BSOD crashes. After re-installing, launch the game to check if you are getting the same error on the original hard drive as well.
Normally this would resolve the issue if you have an incompatible HDD or have some technical issues, which is causing issues in various games.
#8- Factory Reset Your PS4
Factory resetting the PS4 is one of the methods which you should try after exhausting all of your possible options. Since this process will require you to perform a full initialization. You will lose all of your data in return.
Although you will lose all of your data, it can resolve a lot of other PS4 issues, mainly crashes and poor performance. Make sure to make a back-up of your important files before factory resetting your PS4.
You can back up your data by simply:
- Take a USB drive and connect it to your PS4. Make sure that the USB is formatted in exFAT or FAT32 format.
- Go to “Settings”, then find and select “System”. Then select “Back Up and Restore”.
- Then select “Back Up PS4”.
- Press “X” on your controller to start the backup. Select the files which you wish to backup in your external storage drive.
After backup, do the following:
- On your PS4 main screen, head over to Settings.
- Select the “Initialization” option and then select “Initialize PS4”.
- Select “Full” to perform a quick initialization process.
- Wait for the console to complete the task.
- After initialization, restore the backup of your data.
- Check if the issue appears or not.
#9- Contact PlayStation Support for Help
If you still have not found in resolving the issue with any of these workarounds, try contacting PlayStation Support. It is possible that you might have missed a little detail, and you will get to know it after contacting PS support.
Contact customer support and report your problem to the expert in detail. They will be able to point out the possible issues that might be causing the CE-34878-0 error on your PS4. Here is how you can use the customer support page:
- Open your browser on your PC.
- Head over to the following website:
- You will see multiple options on the page like “Games”, “Account & Security” etc.
- The quickest way to find the solution you are looking for is by searching your query in the search box like “CE-34878-0” and press
- Enter on your keyboard.
- After pressing Enter, the page will show queries related to your search.
- Select the most relative query on the page.
- Upon searching the page, you will see something like:
- Since at this point, you have already tried all of the mentioned fixes and found no luck. Press the “PlayStation Support” link.
- Then on the next page, select your query. In our case, the issue is related to game crashes. Select “Games”.
- You can either select “System or hardware” or “Games”.
- Scroll down on the page and select either the “Chatbot” or the “Call us” option.
Selecting either of these options will help you in getting in contact with an expert from PlayStation and will help them resolve your issue.
#10- Change PS4 Display Settings
One of the last workarounds left which you can try is changing the PS4 display settings. Display settings can mess up with your GPU, which can crash if a technical problem appears which the GPU does not know how to respond to.
Some users managed to resolve this issue by changing their console display manually. A bug with PS4 display capability can cause the PS4 error CE-34878-0 on your console. Changing the display on the PS4 is straightforward:
- On your PS4, go to Settings.
- Find and select “Sound and Screen”, then select “Video Output Settings”.
- Select “Resolution”. It will be the very first option.
- Change the value of “Resolution” from “Automatic” to your preferred values.
- Launch the game causing CE-34878-0 and check if the issue persists.
If the issue is still there, revert to the original display back from the settings. You can also try lowering the resolution to 720p instead of 1080p.
#11- Rebuild PS4 Database
The last but not the least method you can try for fixing the obnoxious PS4 error code ce-34878-0 is by rebuilding the PS4 database.
If you have ever used a PC/laptop with Microsoft Windows installed on your system and used the defragment utility, rebuild the PS4 database is exactly the same, somewhat better.
What it does is, scans your hard drive for the installed content and tells the system about the downloaded data on the storage drive. After completing the PS4 database, the system can easily find the necessary data for a particular game or service that you plan to use.
It can be used to free up space on the PS4, free up some space and fix a bunch of issues that speeds up the console. The utility basically creates a new database of all content on the console’s hard disk’s drive.
To rebuild the PS4 database, follow these steps:
- Shut down your PS4 and press the power button for seven seconds.
- The console will make two beep sounds, one right after pressing the power button and the second after seven seconds of holding the power button. After hearing the beep sound the second time, let go of the power button.
- Take a cable to connect your Dualshock 4 controller with your PS4. After connecting, press the PS button on the controller. The console will go into “Safe Mode“.
- After the console reboots into the Safe Mode, highlight the “Rebuild Database” option and press the “X” button on your controller.
- The process takes some time, wait for the console as it rebuilds its database. When the task completes, launch the game, causing the CE-34878 error, to check if the issue is fixed or not.
The PS4 is a very decent gaming machine packed with impressive hardware and full of excellent exclusives. It is perfect for a person looking for casual gameplay.
The console, unlike its predecessor, sometimes becomes from a lovely gaming console to an annoying piece of hardware.
These issues are mostly game crashes that occur due to some technical issues. One of the notorious errors that a PS4 owner faces is the error code CE-34878-0. This error indicates that the game which you were playing, is crashed.
There are many reasons behind this crash, and it is nearly impossible to tell which could be the cause behind the problem.
It could be due to outdated game files, outdated system software, bad hard drive, network issues, and even sometimes due to facial recognition features on the PlayStation. Although it is a common and widespread issue, it can be fixed.
I am pretty sure after following this article, you will be able to fix the issue in no time.
Frequently Asked Questions
#1 – How do I fix error CE-34878-0?
There are multiple ways and methods that you can follow to fix the common PS4 CE-34878-0 error. The quickest method that you can easily follow is by restarting your console and the Dualshock 4 controller.
If simple restarting does not help, you can try to check for firmware updates for PS4. Outdated PS4 system software can likely cause the issue due to technical reasons. Other methods include factory resetting your PS4 or initializing the PS4.
#2 – Why does my game keep crashing PS4?
It happens mostly due to bad and corrupted hard drives, network issues, outdated system software, and other technical reasons. It is hard to tell what exactly the cause behind the game crash is.
Sometimes due to outdated game files or poor hard drive, you might see the issue quite often.
#3 – How do I fix error CE 34788-0 on PS4?
This error appears when you are trying to download an updated file of PS4 from a USB stick, but due to corrupted files or wrong files, the update could not be installed. Here is how you can try to fix the error CE-34788-0 on PS4.
Open browser on your system and Google search, PS4 system software page using PC or Mac. Then on the new page, scroll down, find and click the “Perform a new installation of the system software”. Follow the on-screen instructions to download the full and correct installation file.
#4 – What does Error Code CE-34878-0 mean on PS4?
The error indicated that the game that you are playing has crashed due to unknown reasons. Many ways can cause a game to crash on your PS4 console. One of the most popular reasons includes bad hard drive sectors, poor and slow internet connection, outdated PS4 system software, and many more.
You can easily try to fix the issue by performing a simple reboot of your system. There is a chance a simple restart might fix the issue.
#5 – Why does Fortnite crash PS4 2021?
The game can easily crash due to technical issues like a corrupted PS4 cache or bad hard drive sectors. The game might be crashing on your console because due to some particular reason, it was unable to get access to a specific file which ends up in a crash.
A quick fix to this problem is by rebooting the console. In this way, the cache will be cleared and could fix the irritating issue.
#6 – How to fix annoying Warzone CE-34878-0 error code on PS4?
Like any other game, if Call of Duty: Warzone is unable to access a specific file on the PS4 hard drive due to some technical issue, it can end up in a simple crash.
Since Warzone itself is notorious for crashing, you can try checking for updates, install any recent update if it is available. Other fixes include rebuilding the PS4 database, or you can try performing a factory reset on your PS4.
#7 – Will initializing PS4 delete games?
Yes, performing a full initialization will delete everything on the system storage. Not only that, but it will also delete all users’ data from the storage like screenshots and videos. Make sure your data is fully backed up before you can try full initialization.
#8 – Why does AC Valhalla keep crashing?
AC Valhalla is one of the popular games that crash if, during running, the game faces a technical issue due to either hardware or software of the PS4.
If the game is unable to access its core files due to, letting us say, bad hard drive sectors, you will most likely see a crash.