You may have seen reports warning of holding your PS5 vertically, saying you could damage your console, even brick it permanently. But there’s good reason to be skeptical of these claims, and I, for one, wouldn’t change the way I use my console.
We’ve seen reports that the PS5 can get in trouble after being left standing for extended periods. For example, @68logic (opens in new tab)Joe, who runs a repair shop in France, says he’s seen a few cases when repairing consoles where a possible seal breakdown between the cooler and the APU caused liquid to leak through the metal casing and onto other components. set off, leaving the console ruined.
Don’t keep your Ps5 upright, result in liquid moving and freezing there pic.twitter.com/A4Do3TkcXkJanuary 4, 2023
He is not the only one who claims to have seen this flaw. Youtube TheCod3r (opens in new tab) Opened a PS5 Digital Edition console that he had put in for repair, saying the console would not boot. They discovered a metal leak from the APU and stated that the leak was caused by a design flaw.
There’s also something else to consider in terms of damage done by the user. Constant moving of the console is prone to internal damage and movement of parts, so if you frequently swap your console from vertical to horizontal you could potentially put your console at risk, but then again Also, the PS5’s cooling and CPU are packed tightly enough to avoid any potential liquid spillage or spillage on other components.
However, even though these PS5s are broken from standing vertically, I’m not going to start holding my console horizontally. Reports of this defect are so rare that it doesn’t seem like the problem is widespread. The PS5 has been on sale for over two years now, presumably because, so many people stand it vertically (as it’s designed to do). If this were a common problem, we would see many more reports, such as when the Xbox 360 suffered from the red circle of death.
In that instance, the risk of reputational damage was so severe that Microsoft offered a blanket free return and repair policy. And, in that case, the failure rate was reportedly between 3 – 5%. (opens in new tab), If PS5s were failing in significant numbers we’d be hearing about it.
We’ve reached out to Sony to ask if it is aware of the claims and would like to comment but has not yet received a response. We will update this article if we get any statement.