You may have seen reports warning you against placing your PS5 vertically, saying you could damage your console or even permanently brick it. But there are good reasons to be skeptical of these claims, and I, for one, wouldn’t change the way I use the console.
We’ve seen reports that the PS5 will have trouble after standing for long periods of time. For example, @68 logic (opens in a new tab)who runs a repair shop in France, said they’ve seen cases when repairing consoles where a potential seal break between the cooler and APU caused liquid metal to leak through the case and set onto other components, damaging the console .
Don’t hold your Ps5 upright it’s a result of the liquid moving and freezing there pic.twitter.com/A4Do3TkcXkJanuary 4, 2023
They’re not the only ones claiming to have seen the bug. youtube Cod 3r (opens in a new tab) Turned on the PS5 Digital Edition console he had to fix and said the console wouldn’t turn on. He found a metal leak in the APU and said the leak was due to a design flaw.
Something else to consider is user-caused damage. The constant movement of the console has the potential to cause internal damage and shifting parts, so if you’re constantly switching your console from vertical to horizontal, you could be putting your console at risk, but even so, the PS5’s cooling and The CPU is packed tightly enough to avoid any potential liquids from dropping or spilling onto other components.
However, even if it’s true that these PS5s can’t be held vertically, I’m not going to start placing my console horizontally. Reports of this glitch are very rare and it appears that the problem is not widespread. The PS5 has been on sale for over two years, and I’m sure a lot of people have it standing upright (as it was designed to do). If this was a common problem, we’d see more reports, like the Xbox 360 hit with the red circle of death.
In that case, the risk of reputational damage is so severe that Microsoft offers a comprehensive no-fee return and repair policy.And, in that case, the failure rate is Reportedly between 3 – 5% (opens in a new tab). If there are massive failures with the PS5, we’ll hear about it.
We’ve reached out to Sony to ask if it’s aware of the claims and would like to comment, but have yet to hear back. We will update this post if we receive a statement.