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CE-34788-0 PS4 Update File Error (Easy Fix Steps)

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PS4 CE-34788-0 error code occurs while trying to update the system, error message shows the file is not valid but don’t worry we have an easy fix for this problem.

Update errors are nothing new in the PS4. Almost everyone who owns a PS4 will face an update error at least once.  Most of these errors occur when you are trying to update the PS4 software or you are trying to install new system software.

How to fix the PS4 error CE-34788-0?

From a very simple fix to a very difficult one, the CE-34788-0 has some fixes. Solutions will be provided in two sections one will be solution provided by Official PlayStation support and another will be provided by our experts and experienced console users.

 Official Playstation Support Fixes

According to the support provided by sony, there are two scenarios where you will get this software error and they have a quick fix for that.

  • Error while updating system software – If you get an error while updating system software sony suggests you use automatic update instead of the manual update. Also, sony suggests using their official website to download new updates instead of other third-party websites.
  • Error while installing new system software- The main reason you get an error CE-34788-0 while installing system software is that you are not following the steps properly.

Here is a proper step to follow while installing new system software.

install ps4 system software

PS4 error CE-34788-0 Expert Fix

Sometimes you may need a fix beyond sony support so we have some tested and worked fixes you can try to fix this issue completely.

1. Rebuild Database

This is one of the most successful fixes for an error CE-34788-0. Rebuilding a database is not hard as you may be thinking just you need to follow the below steps.

  • To rebuild the database first you need to completely turn off your ps4 system and remove any connected devices with ps4. Press the power button and wait for the blink to appear.
  • After you completely turn off your ps4 now press the power button for seven seconds and release it after you heard two beep sounds fromps4.
  • Now you have entered safe mode where there will be many options.
  • Connect your controller and select rebuild database.

rebuild databse ps4

It will take some time to complete the rebuilding process after that your error be fixed. if you want to know more about rebuilding a database you can check it.

2. Use Automatic Update

If the manual update isn’t working for you then just find a place with a reliable internet connection and perform the automatic update. The automatic update sometimes can be time-consuming but you need to give it a try because sometimes even you follow steps carefully you may get an error.

To automatic update ps4 system just follow those steps:

  • Turn off ps4 by pressing the power button.
  • Now you need to press the power button for seven seconds (release the power button after you hear two beep sounds.)
  • You are now on safe mode.
  • You will find a different option in safe mode, just select update system software.
  • And update from the internet.

update system software

It will take time but after your update is finished the ps system will restart and you will no longer see the error.

3. Follow Manual update Steps properly

Updating directly from ps4 is time-consuming if your internet speed is slow or not reliable. To fix this issue PlayStation provides an option to update manually using your USB drive or any other external drives. Updating manually can be quite difficult for some users or they may miss steps that should be followed. To update manually you must follow some precautions if not you will get an error CE-34788-0.

Make sure you properly download the update file

This is the only fix if you insist on doing the manual update. Just make sure you follow the instructions like you are supposed to. Download the files properly and always make sure you don’t have any interruptions while you are installing the files.

(Note – Always download the update file from PlayStation’s official website.)

Use a proper USB driver

You need to keep in mind that your USB drive or any other external drive you are using must be at least 8GB in size. And you need to format the drive completely in the FAT 32 file system. Never use the NTFS one. You can use the quick format option and set the allocation unit to default while formatting the USB device.

Copy File to a USB drive

If you directly copy the update file to a USB drive ps4 will not detect. So you need to follow a  procedure that is provided by PlayStation support.

First You need to create a folder inside the USB drive with the name PS4 after that copy the updated file you downloaded inside ps4 folder. Now you must rename the copied file to UPDATE. It is necessary to use a capital letter to rename otherwise you will get an update error or ps4 will not able to detect the update file.

Update using safe Mode

Now you need to update using safe mode. To enter into safe mode Just follow the above steps:

  • After you enter into safe mode, Plug-In USB drives in ps4.
  • Now you need to choose Update System Software from the safe mode menu and on the next screen choose Update from USB Storage Device.

Update with usb drive

  • Now, ps4 will detect the updated version, select next, and your update process will start which will take some minutes.

#4 Factory Reset

This is one of the last options to fix this error. If non of the above fixes is able to fix the update error the last option is to do a factory reset. Doing so will completely erase your ps4 data. If you want to try this fix I strongly suggest you download a backup file into your external drive.

Here is a guide to factory reset in PlayStation.

Causes for Update error (CE 34788 0 Error code )

Some of the quick reasons that may cause CE 34788 0 Error code are:

  1. PS4 updated file is corrupted
  2. You downloaded the wrong file
  3. There was an interruption while installing
  4. Problem on the USB storage device
  5. Unsupported file type

We have also explained every possible reason for CE 34788 0 Error code with detail.

Corrupted Update file

If you were downloading the update file and suddenly the internet disconnected and it came back again to complete the download. Now, you might think that the download was smooth but that is not the case, because of the interruption, the download will still count as being corrupted and this will cause the error.

We have a fix for a corrupted file on ps4.

Wrong File

If you are trying to do a manual update then, you need to get the correct file.  If you get a wrong update patch file then, the error is quite inevitable. If that is the case, only a fresh reinstall of the PS4 system will get you the fix.  Make sure you have downloaded the correct update file before you update the system.

Interrupted Installation

If the installation is interrupted because of some factors such as power and bad internet, then the error can occur as well. Make sure you update the console without any interruption.

Defective USB Storage Device

If your USB device is defective or if the PS4 doesn’t support the USB device then this can also cause the error. Check the USB device for any faults on your computer.

File System and Path

Always format your USB devices to the FAT file system. PS4 doesn’t support NTFS. Also, make sure that the path is right. The update file must be inside the “UPDATE” folder in the USB device.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a manual update?

Manual Update is the process of updating the system in a manual manner. You have to download the update file yourself, flash the file on a USB device and then try to update from it.

Is the Automatic Update better than a manual update?

If you have a reliable internet connection then yes, an Automatic update is way better than the manual one. But if you don’t have a speedy connection, stick to the manual update.

 Will Rebuilding the database fix the CE-34788-0 error?

Yes, it can fix this error if the reason behind the error is an interrupted power supply.

Are every USB flash drives supported in the PS4?

No, the USB drive must be at least of the USB 2.0 standard. As far as the size is concerned, 4 GB is the minimum.

Why are there so many update errors in the PS4?

In case of automatic updates, your internet connection is to blame. Not only this, even the PS servers are not able to handle the traffic when a major update release so, the blame goes both ways. In the case of manual updates, there are many things that can go wrong so, the errors are also pretty rampant.

How to check if your USB device is faulty?

Sometimes, there can be some issues on your USB device or ethernet cable as well. Simply connect the USB device to your computer and do a virus scan for malware. Now, see if the device works properly on your computer. If everything checks out then, quickly format the USB device with the FAT file system and you should be good to go.


Well, the PS4 has a knack of frustrating the customers with the seemingly endless barrage of update errors. They never seem to stop, do they? But yeah, most of the errors are there because we are careless with the system.

This is why it is very important to have a good internet connection for the PS4. This will just fix most of your update error issues.

But if you do insist on performing the manual update then, you should be extra careful. Many things can go wrong. Follow the fixes that we have provided you here and you should be fine.