How to fix it if your PS4 is overheating


Be ready to beat the heat before your PlayStation 4 gets too hot


There are three versions of the PlayStation 4 console. They can all overheat due to similar reasons. There are several things to look out for if your PS4 overheats.


What causes PS4 overheating?


You’ll see this message if your PS4 gets too hot.


Note:These instructions apply to all versions and models of the PS4 hardware including the original PlayStation 4, Slim, and Pro.


Overheating can be caused by a variety of factors, some of which can be fixed at home. If the vents get blocked or there’s not enough clearance between them and other objects, your PS4 could overheat. If there is a lot dust in the PS4, it will heat up more. It can also be affected by temperature and hardware problems.


Sony recommends that the PS4 should only be used in temperatures between 41 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. A narrower range of 50 to 80 degrees is preferred. Your PS4 may heat if your room is more than 80 degrees.


How to stop your PS4 from heating up


This troubleshooting guide can help you fix any issues with your PS4’s excessive heat.


Wait. Before you do anything, turn off your PS4. Allow it to cool down to its normal temperature. It can be turned on again, and you can resume the overheating activity. If your console doesn’t heat up, you can still use it safely.


  1. Place the airflow nozzles in the right places. The PS4 must have enough space to move the hot air away from the system (and not back into it). It will heat up if the console is in an enclosed space. The vents placed too close to cabinets walls, electronics or other obstructions can cause it to heat. Move your PS4 so that it is in an area with enough clearance from all sides.


  1. Be sure to check the room’s temperature. If the temperature is more than 80 degrees Fahrenheit, your PS4 should be stopped from being used. It’s recommended that you move your PS4 to a cooler area or use a cooling tower if the temperature is higher than 80 degrees Fahrenheit.


  1. Dust can be removed from the PS4’s vents. To gently remove dust from the PS4’s vents, use compressed air, canned air, an electric duster or another similar device. You can also use the vacuum’s hose attachment to collect dust from the vents. 
  2. Combining these two methods is usually the best. Check to make sure the PS4 is not overheating after you have removed as much dust as you can.


Tips:Sometimes, your PS4 may have to be taken apart in order to completely remove any dust. Check to see if Sony will repair your PS4 or replace it free of charge if it is still under warranty. Your warranty may be void if you take the console apart.


  1. Manually upgrade your PS4.Sometimes, the fan may not turn on properly due to outdated or damaged firmware. You will need to ensure that the PS4 software is up-to-date in order to rule out this.
  2. Your game software may need to be updated. Your PS4 may overheat when you play a particular game. You’ll need to look for any updates and then install them, if they are available.
    1. Select the game from the main PS4 menu.
    2. Select To Check For Update
    3. If an update is available, select and install it.
    4. Wait for the update to be installed, then you can start playing the game.
  3. The game may have a bug in its game code, which could cause the PS4 to heat up if it is new or just updated. If that is the case, you will need to wait for the publisher’s fix to be provided and then update your game.


What if your PS4 is still overheating?


If your console continues to heat up despite following these steps, you may have a hardware issue that is beyond your ability to repair at home. If this happens, it’s best to call in the professionals.


The fan may need to be replaced or repaired, or it could be that your hardware is not working properly. Sometimes, you can remove the heat sink and replace the thermal paste. Although you can try to replace the components yourself, you could waste money or invalidate your warranty. Contact Sony customer service for additional assistance.



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