Standing your PS5 can damage your console's panic, explained

Standing your PS5 can damage your console’s panic, explained

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Recently, there has been some concern about whether or not PS5s are safe to stand upright. Videos and observations from independent technician TheCod3r and a follow-up article from Wolo which cited such a video out of context led to palpable concern among some that positioning the PS5 in an upright position could put it at risk of damage. While the original video documents a very real potential failure point of PS5s, it’s not something intended to harm your PS5. So yes, as many have noted, you’re probably safe leaving yours upright.

In a video from last September titled You won’t believe WHY this PlayStation 5 stopped working! Can they fix Sony’s catastrophic mistakes?, third-party repair technician TheCod3r discovered a somewhat alarming problem in a PS5 on his repair bench. The liquid metal thermal paste covering the PS5 processor has spilled into the surrounding area. Such a problem can clearly lead to problems and will cause the PS5 to not work properly, leading to electrical problems or the inability of the PS5 to properly handle the high levels of heat it produces. This issue does not discriminate between digital or disc versions of the console. Based on the direction in which the liquid metal was spilled, it seems reasonable to assume that, as TheCod3r said in one of the two subsequent videos regarding this issue, under certain circumstances “gravity takes over” and could cause the liquid metal to drip through sealing. meant to hold it in place. But while this could explain How this happens in specific cases, does not explain Why, meaning it wasn’t clear portrait orientation inherently causes this.

Unfortunately, the fear of the death of a rather expensive car (which is only now much easier to obtain) mixed with vague language, led to misunderstandings. In the original video, TheCod3r can be heard saying that the famous liquid metal leaking console has “never been opened”.

That was what Wolo misquoted ever since issued a correction for. It was mistakenly believed that TheCod3r was referring to the console’s packaging, that it may have never been taken out of the box. Not true. TheCod3r was referring to the console itself, physically, being opened up, presumably for repair. But of course, when you consider the language of the original YouTube video itself, referring to “Sony’s catastrophic mistakes” and ending with TheCod3r turning off the camera as a “dammit” gesture to Sony and at least one another repair technician. reporting similar findingsit’s easy to see how this story has been turned into assumptions that this is an inherent design flaw of the PS5 that other users might need to watch out for.

But how we got here and the nuances of how consumer electronics work and fail can separate us from the likely question on many PS5 owners’ minds: should you use your PS5 in a vertical position? Fortunately, the answer is pretty clear.

Is it safe to hold my PS5 upright?

Short answer? Based on what is known now, Yes. It’s sure.

But if you’re still reading and haven’t closed this tab to get back to God of War on the tower-positioned PlayStation, you might want a slightly longer explanation of what’s going on. So let’s break this down.

The PlayStation 5 was designed to be held vertically. Recent revelations, such as TheCod3r’s discovery, do not indicate that the console is inherently prone to this failure because vertical orientation. What these videos document is one such kind of a PS5 could fail — because all consumer electronics can fail. Plus, as a device that’s been in the wild for two years, the PS5 seems to run at standard success and failure rates, especially around heat. As GamersNexus documented in a case a few years ago, a full year of “constant thermal cycling” showed no alarming problems. However, GamersNexus noted that the PS5 seems to use a lot of liquid metal, an amount you shouldn’t have to match if you’re building your own PC.

What TheCod3r’s video reveals is that when a PS5 fails, it could be due to leaking liquid metal – just as much as the risk of a failing power supply or other similar issue. There are other variables to consider beyond portrait orientation, such as whether or not the console was previously opened by a third-party repair technician, for example.

TheCod3r’s follow-up video makes the point that this is something they’ve seen in, at most, 1 in 10, or even 20, PS5s that have come in for repair. Remember, this is at most one in 10 units he’s seen and worked on that are already broken—not one in ten PS5s in total. It’s enough of a common failure like TheCod3r describes it as the first problem he will check when a broken PS5 lands on his bench, but only because the problem is relatively easy and cheap to fix compared to other problems.

TheCod3r states that liquid metal replacement is one of the cheaper repairs. If swapping and sealing with new thermal paste does the trick, it’s more affordable and faster than removing something from the PCB, finding a replacement, and then reseating it.

There will always be a certain percentage of devices that die, and right now it seems that of the PS5s that die, sometimes the liquid metal covering the leaking processor is to blame. But other times it could be a problem with the power supply. Or, as TheCod3r mentioned in his video, something like the wifi chip, another common point of failure.

Should I keep my PS5 horizontal just to be safe?

If you’re like me and prone to anxiety, it might be worth the peace of mind to keep you horizontal of the mind will allow you. You might also want to throw salt over your shoulder and spin around three times after talking about ghosts. That said, with the failure rate due to liquid metal leaks being on par with other ways your console could fail, it’s probably just as likely that your console will die from a PSU issue or a other faults and such a fault would strike. a PS5 in horizontal position as much as a vertical one.

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Unless new information emerges, it’s safe to say this isn’t an issue at scale Xbox 360’s Red Ring of Death. Far from it: for now, the liquid metal problem seems to fall within the acceptable failure rates that all consumer electronics have. Yes, your PS5 is safe to tower over everything else in your entertainment center. And hey, if it fails, I bet you could anchor a small boat with that thing too.

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