Keeping the PS5 Vertically Could Cause Permanent Damage To The Console
PlayStation 5 users are urged not to stand their console upright, as doing so may cause permanent damage to the console’s hardware. This is reportedly due to a design fault related to the cooling system for the PlayStation 5’s Accelerated Processing Unit.
However, doing so with the PS5 may be a bad idea, according to a report on Wololo.net. This is due to an apparent design flaw related to the liquid metal layer between the PlayStation 5’s APU chip and heat sink. The liquid metal is prone to leaking when the PS5 is left sitting upright for an extended period. When users stand the PS5 vertically, liquid metal may start to move or seep out. This inhibits the console’s ability to manage the heat coming off its APU, potentially damaging the processor. The liquid metal can also leak onto other sensitive components, causing a short circuit. This issue exists on both versions of the PS5.
The fault seems to have been found by a console repairman who goes by TheCod3r on YouTube. He released a video about the PS5’s defect three months ago, and other technicians have noticed similar problems with Sony’s new console. While not every PlayStation 5 is guaranteed to affect by this defect, it is a risk for every user who leaves their console standing upright, so it may be a fine idea to lay it on its side just to be safe.