Overheating is an issue that plagues almost every type of household electronic device and can be detrimental if proper preventative measures are not
taken. This is particularly true of the “new-gen” consoles like the PlayStation 5 in both its digital and disc versions. “Your PS5 is too hot. Turn off your PS5, and wait until the temperature goes down.”
This is one of the most frightening messages an owner of one of these consoles can experience because the potential for complete failure can be imminent and, unfortunately, is usually the direct result of improper maintenance and care. The console, essentially, is an entire cooling system built around the sensitive and ragile components that make it such a state-of-the-art piece of engineering from Sony. The heat generated by these components is so great that there is a heatsink the motherboard attaches to that scales the entirety of the entire case from the bottom to the top. Aiding in the cooling of the system is a single 120mm internal fan. The fan’s size may seem overkill, but its large size allows it to spin at a lower
speed and provide the same cooling effect a small fan -or series of smaller fans-running at three times the speed. The slower speeds of the fan also aid in noise reduction. Not having to spin it as fast as a smaller-bladed fan reduces the whirring noises that would accompany it. Keeping that fan running at a slower speed also keeps its power consumption of it to a minimum, leaving that extra power available for other parts of the PS5 to use.
Another part of the cooling equation for the PlayStation 5 is the thermal compound used on the SOC, or, processor. Instead of a traditional thermal
compound made of materials like epoxies and silicones like those found in nearly every other console and PC on the market, the PS5 uses a new liquid metal that pushes the console to last at least 24% longer. The higher conductivity of the liquid metal over traditional thermal paste is unique to the newest pair of Sony consoles, no other gaming console uses it the way the PlayStation 5 does. Even with all these huge advances in engineering and innovation, Sony’s PlayStation 5 is still susceptible to “burning out” due to overheating because it is impossible for designers, engineers, and manufacturers to control the environments the console is used in. External factors that cause the console to overheat are similar-if not the same as those that plague every other generation of the console that precedes it. No matter the manufacturer. Preventing a PlayStation 5 from overheating is important to ensure the longevity of the console and prevent damage to its components. Here are some ways to prevent overheating:
- Proper Ventilation
Place the PS5 in a well-ventilated area and ensure that there is enough space around it for air to circulate. Keep the console away from walls or other objects that can obstruct airflow.
- Clean the Vents
Dust buildup can block airflow and cause overheating. Clean the vents of your PS5 regularly using a soft cloth or a can of compressed air.
- Use a Cooling Fan
You can use a cooling fan or cooling pad designed for the PS5 to help dissipate heat and keep the console running at optimal temperature.
- Keep the Room Temperature Cool
Keep the room temperature cool to prevent the console from overheating. Avoid playing in hot, humid rooms or setting the console up to run where it will be in direct sunlight.
- Limit Gaming Sessions
Prolonged gaming sessions can cause the PS5 to heat up. Take breaks between gaming sessions to give the console time to cool down.
- Update the System Software
Sony frequently releases system software updates that can improve the performance of your PS5 and prevent overheating. Make sure to update your PlayStation 5’s system software regularly.
By following these tips, you can help prevent your PlayStation 5, or just about any console, from overheating and significantly prolonging its lifespan. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the user to protect their investment with proper care and maintenance, however, if you find yourself in need of help in preventing an overheating issue, the technicians at Computers Plus Repair Center are available six days a week. Beginning with a thorough and concise diagnostic leading to a warranty-backed repair, rest assured that your PS5 console is in excellent hands with us.