A common error involving the PS4 system is the code number (CE-36329-3). The PS4 turns off after receiving a message saying: “An error in the system software has occurred.”. The PS4 can sometimes be restarted to resolve this issue, but it may not always work. How you fix it will depend on what happened to make this error happen, and there isn’t just one reason for it, hence there isn’t just one way to fix it.
This problem might be resolved by rebooting the PS4, but not every person will be so fortunate. It is sometimes necessary to dig deeper into the problem to find the solution. In order to find a way out of this unfortunate situation, please read this guide carefully if you’re among those that cant fix it just by rebooting.
- 1 What does PS4 Error CE-36329-3 mean?
- 2 Confirmed causes of PS4 error CE-36329-3
- 3 Easy Method to Fix PS4 Error (CE-36329-3)
- 4 Various Methods to Fixing Error CE-36329-3
What does PS4 Error CE-36329-3 mean?
It’s an error related to a system failure that’s indicated by the code number [CE-36329-3]. This error generally occurs when a program or system crashes and the PlayStation goes back to its main menu. Some of the symptoms of this error as reported by some PS4 players are system freezing, restart loops, and their systems stop working altogether.
Confirmed causes of PS4 error CE-36329-3
Error (CE-36329-3) on the PS4 has several possible causes, but all the causes most likely originate from the corruption of data.
These errors occur when corrupted data is sent to the PS4 system.
The question is, why does that PS4 data corruption occur in the first place?
PS4 Error (CE-36329-3) is caused by numerous factors. Among the most common causes are:
Epileptic power Source
If your power supply, the PS4 power cord, the building’s electric grid, or the municipality that keeps the lights on, becomes unreliable, data can be corrupted, resulting in Error (CE-36329-3).
An interruption or sudden spike in power can cause your PS4 to write garbage instead of the data requested when it is writing data to its internal storage device.
A damaged hard drive or other storage medium can also cause PS4 data corruption. Under normal use, PS4 hard drive platters spin extremely fast and the read/write heads hover above the metal surface changing the magnetic field. It’s possible that the PS4 hard drive will degrade over time, accumulating “bad sectors” where written data fails to take hold properly.
When the heads strike the platter due to abnormal shutdowns or power issues, any data on that platter can be corrupted. Depending on the location of the damaged areas, it may result in corruption of the system files or the important company data.
SSDs are also subject to this problem, where a failed controller or inefficient communications leads to the same consequences as a power outage, which causes any files being transferred to become corrupt. While the file may still be able to be opened even if it is corrupt, this does not imply that all of the file’s contents are correct.
As a result, a sudden and unexpected corruption might occur if the PS4 overheats, which causes the CPU to malfunction. In addition to the CPU, overheating may also disrupt the function of the hard drive. You must maintain your PS4 as cool and clean as possible if you don’t want the PS4 Error (CE-36329-3) to appear.
Crashing apps or games can also result in data corruption. The files that it is accessing may suffer damage if the app ends in a way that isn’t its normal shutdown process. A PS4 can crash due to unpatched vulnerabilities, bad code, or using too many apps at the same time. It’s also possible to damage system files by turning off a PS4’s power during startup or shutdown procedures, so it’s best to always shut off a PS4 if you can.
Bad CMOS data
A CMOS data is said to be bad when it is corrupted. It is quite common for PS4 CMOS to be corrupted. In most cases, the PS4 motherboard is to blame, but that’s not always the case. The BIOS or CMOS battery could be the culprit. Considering that the lifespan of the battery is estimated to be five to ten years, the latter shouldn’t be too surprising.
The PS4 data, including system files, may be corrupted when the PS4 CMOS is corrupted, causing the error (CE-36329-3) to occur.
Easy Method to Fix PS4 Error (CE-36329-3)
Using the simple fix below, many users would be able to resolve this issue.
A one-off crash that occurs on the first launch of a game, or while you’re playing, could indicate no other underlying problems. In most cases, you can continue playing without any further issues if you restart the game.
Restarting the PS4 may fix the problem if the files are corrupt. Fortunately, the PS4 operating system was designed to run after each reboot. The program will therefore automatically fix the corrupted system files that could be causing this issue. Therefore, many users’ systems are back to normal after a reboot.
Otherwise, you should give your PS4 a second chance if the issue persists after rebooting it. For this time, unplug the PS4 power cable, turn the PS4 off, and let it sit for a few minutes. You can then plug in and start the device.
If that doesn’t work either, you must try the manual methods below to repair your PS4 system.
Various Methods to Fixing Error CE-36329-3
You should bear in mind that a data corruption-related error can extend beyond a simple data corruption to a hardware failure when you attempt to fix the Error CE-34335-8, Error CE-34878-0, and Error CE-36329-3. Therefore, we need to address both the software (logical) and the hardware (physical) side of the equation.
Methods like these are simple and fast and do not require a lot of technical skills to apply. As long as they carefully follow the instructions, any PS4 player can do that.
This method does not include rebooting the system or relaunching an application. We have talked so much about restarting the system.
1. Database rebuild for the PS4
Any PS4 error that hasn’t been resolved after re-booting has to be fixed by rebuilding the PS4 database.
There are many problems that can be resolved by rebuilding the PS4 database. In order to maintain the PS4’s performance, experts usually recommend rebuilding its database every six months.
Rebuilding the PS4 database is pretty straightforward and does not require any special skills.
You can do this by restarting the PS4 in safe mode, selecting option #5, and following the instructions on the screen.
2. Stay Updated
Your desired game might have lost compatibility with the PS4 system. This results in Error CE-36329-3 being triggered.
When you click here you will find information about updating the PS4 system software.
Follow these simple steps below to update the game/app:
1. Select the game you wish to update from the library.
2. On your controller, click the Options button. A menu will appear on the left.
3. To check for an update, select “Check for Updates.”
4. Install the update for that particular game if an update is available.
3. Uninstall and Reinstall the Game/App
Many times games and apps fail to start due to the absence of very important files. If that is the case, it is only possible to fix this problem by uninstalling the application/game and reinstalling it.
Here is how to do it:
1. Tap up on the d-pad to access the Function menu after turning on your PS4 and logging into your PlayStation Network account (if necessary). Click Settings at the bottom of the screen.
2. Then choose System Storage Management and Applications from the list of options.
3. You can delete a game by finding it. Having found the game you want to delete, select the Delete option from the Options menu on your DualShock 4.
4. Initialize the PS4
It is very possible that none of the above methods might work for you to fix the issue. In that case, the next step would be to initialize the PS4.
Ideally, I would reinstall the system software and initialize the PS4 from the beginning. As a result, you will start over with a fresh PS4 and avoid many future errors caused by prolonged use. The PS4 must be initialized at least once a year, which is why every user must learn how to do it.
The console’s hard drive is permanently erased as part of the initialization process, and its system software can be removed as well. When your PlayStation 4 has a software glitch, especially when it boots up or if you want to be sure your data is removed, this method is your last resort.
It is strongly advised to backup any data that you want to keep, including images and video, to an external drive or the cloud. A PlayStation Plus membership is required to back up your data in the cloud.
When you have tried all of the above, and none has worked, then you might want to consider going physical. The issue might be with the hardware.
1. Clean up the PS4
A high internal temperature in the PS4 may have affected the hardware, resulting in the PS4 Error (CE-36329-3). You have to ensure that you clean both in and out of the PS4, and ensure that the fan is working well, for enough ventilation inside.
2. Check the performance of the PS4 hard drive
The data stored on a PS4’s internal HDD will become corrupted when bad sectors are present. Therefore, this leads to PS4 errors such that the system may not work or, in the best-case scenario, work with errors.
First, you’ll need to disengage the PS4 HDD from its cage and unscrew it. Next, connect the device to a PC. After you have done that, you have to perform a FULL format (not a quick format). Using this method, all bad sectors on the hard drive will be eliminated, restoring its performance to its original level.
3. Issues with power supply
An Epileptic or insufficient power supply can cause the PS4’s system data to become corrupt and generate errors. There can be many reasons for it, including a damaged PS4 power cord, a damaged PS4 power supply, and even a deteriorating motherboard.
The PS4 hard drive might need to be upgraded to an SSD if these errors occur occasionally rather than always. What are the reasons? Due to the significantly lower power consumption and less vulnerability to power instability that SSDs possess. In fact, upgrading to an SSD can resolve many PS4 errors.