The PS5 naturally warms up as you play, but it should keep the temperature in check. There’re rare cases where it can’t, though, and the solutions are straightforward. In essence, you can open up the PS5 to clean its fan; you can take it to service, or you can change its setup.
There’s even an official error message: “PS5 is too hot. Turn off your PS5, and wait until the temperature goes down.” Common potential causes include putting the console in closed areas or too much dust on its insides.
Regardless, it’s not good for your PS5 console to overheat. It could hinder its performance and ultimately damage the device until a point of no return.
Why Is My PS5 Overheating? Is It Dangerous?
However, the PS5’s RAM can reach 92 degrees, dangerously close to the 105C threshold most electronic pieces have.
These are still normal conditions, though. But once other components reach the 90C limit, the system may start suffering. Moreover, the RAM will spike its thermals much faster than the rest of the console’s components.
A PS5 overheating is dangerous. Beyond a certain heat threshold, the continuous operation becomes problematic. Extreme heat can damage the CPU chip, the GPU, the RAM, or the SSD storage.
The PS5’s system may throttle the GPU and CPU speed under extreme heat conditions to lower the temperature. As a result, it may cause game crashes, longer loading screens, frame drops, freezes, and similar.
Fame drops in the most common sign of a PS5 overheating. That’s a big issue, as the PS5 (and the X Series X) often struggles to keep up a steady 60FPS in 1080p.
How to Identify a PS5 Overheating?
There’re various signs indicating the PlayStation 5 is overheating. Here’re the warnings:
- Your console displays an error message (“Your PS5 is too hot”). Often, after the announcement, the console will shut down by itself. If this is the case, the problem is serious.
- The PS5’s fan is too loud, and it sounds like a jet plane taking off. It can also make unusual sounds.
- You’re experiencing performance issues while gaming. These include frame drops, slow loading times, screen tears, screen freezes, and audio desyncs.
- You’re seeing graphical glitches like black dots, white dots, purple screens, green screens, or black screens.
- The console feels very warm when you touch it.
If you see any of these issues, it means the problem has persisted for a while.
Tips to Improve Your PS5’s Temperature
It’s best to prevent overheating issues. It can increase the lifespan of your console and all of your electronics.
Here’re the general tips to follow:
- Give your PlayStation room to breathe. That means placing it at least 4 inches away from the wall in an open space.
- Use a marble, stone, or wooden platform underneath the PlayStation 5. Also, if you can, use its stand. Regardless if you put the PS5 horizontally or vertically, the base should keep it above ground, and the vents should point back.
- When you play, try to turn the A/C or a fan. Alternatively, open the windows, or open the door to improve air.
- Take out any extra items on top of the PS5, like clothes, cloth, toys, and similar.
- Place the console as far away from the floor as possible. Dust is heavier than air, so it settles close to the floor. If you keep the PS5 raised, though, it won’t soak up the dirt.
- Regularly clean the area around the PlayStation 5. Additionally, use a microfibre cloth to clean the PS5’s case. Shut it down before you clean it, though.
- Use a low-powered vacuum cleaner to remove dust from the air vents in the back. This is what Sony recommends, and it’s an easy solution that doesn’t require opening the PS5.
- Keep your pets from lying close to the console, as fur can easily clog the vents.
The PS5 is a top-tier and expensive gaming console. The best thing you can do is improve its setup to prevent overheating. It can ensure you play nicely for years.