If your PS5 is overheating, it can be frustrating but there are a few things you can do before sending it for repair. There are several reasons why your console is overheating – Is it placed in a small space? Is the area dusty or is the positioning causing restrictions in the airflow?
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You will know if your PS5 is overheating when your fan becomes too loud, your game starts to lag, show graphical issues, or shuts down unexpectedly. Here are a few troubleshooting tips that can help you cool down your PlayStation 5 and ensure that it functions smoothly.
How to Fix PS5 Overheating and Shutting Down Problem?
Give it proper ventilation
If your PS5 is kept in a small space, change its location to a wider area to give it room for air to circulate. Check your fan and whether it’s spinning properly or slowed down. Also, remove any other heat-generating items from nearby.
It’s best to avoid keeping your PS5 in small cabinets or shelves with closed doors. In case you live in a place where the temperatures are usually high, air-conditioning might be needed for your console.
Check your PS5’s placement
What is the best position for the PS5? Should it be vertical or horizontal? The answer depends on the space available but whichever way you position it, ensure that there’s enough space for the air to flow from the back (minimum of 4-6 inches of clearance on all sides). This is because your PS5 will get rid of hot air that has to escape, otherwise, your device’s components will catch the heat.
Clean your PS5
Dust accumulation can clog the vents, fan, and heatsink, block the airflow, and cause heating issues. So regularly clean it to also ensure that the HDMI ports work as expected.
Update your console
Sometimes, it’s not the hardware but the software that’s causing the PS5 overheating issue. Update your system software and turn off Boost Mode because it can generate more heat than usual.
Check if your PS5 overheats when you play a certain game
Consistent gaming for hours at a stretch can generate heat in your PlayStation 5. Moreover, there have been some unoptimized games that have caused overheating or simply overloaded it after playing for a while. If the console is getting too hot, save and close the game, shut down the system, and stop playing for some time until it cools down.
If all of these don’t fix the problem, it could be related to a defective fan or the thermal paste may have dried out. In such a scenario, it’s best to send it for repair via Sony. Note that opening your PS5 may void your warranty, so contact Sony Support and they will assist you further.
These were all the tips to keep in mind to fix the PS5 overheating issue and how to prevent it from happening in the future, giving your console longevity.