How to Keep Your PS4 Running Cool

The PS4 is perhaps the best design yet for a PlayStation console. Whether you're playing on the original, slim, or Pro, its designed to run smooth and seamless at all times. Like any other electronic device, though, the PS4 can overheat if you're not careful.

That's why it's important to understand how you can keep your system running at the optimal temperature. Let's find out some of the ways you can ensure your PS4 stays cool, even during long gaming marathons

Top Tips For Keeping Your PS4 Cool and Carefree

These tips can help you keep you PS4 ventilated and cool so it doesn't go over the ideal temperature. If it does overheat, it will shut off and show a red light.

No one wants to have their PS4 overheat on them. It can ruin a gaming marathon or damage your system. Check out these tips below to find out how you can ensure your PS4 stays at the right temperature:

Ps4 Thermal image
  • Place it in an open space above the ground. Don't place it in an enclosed space.
  • Use compressed air to keep dust out of the vents
  • Keep the system horizontal
  • Consider a PS4 Wall Mount
  • If dust is an issue, consider the Dust Cover by Foamy Lizard
  • Don't sweat the sound, some games cause the GPU to run hotter and make the fans run louder

How Long Can The PS4 Run Without Overheating

Many gamers will give themselves limits to ensure the PS4 doesn't stay on too long. Fortunately, you can marathon whenever you like. Before the PS4 released, a fan asked Shuhei Yoshida on Twitter how long the PS4 can run before it overheats:

This just goes to show that the PS4 is designed not to overheat, so long as you follow our tips and keep it ventilated. You shouldn't need to worry about any marathon sessions.

How Hot Does the PS4 Run?

Some people worry about their PS4 when it feels hot to the touch. In these situations, it's best to understand how hot the PS4 should be running. This will vary based on how much heat is being generated by the GPU.

The folks over at Planet Extech took some Thermal Images which can give us a glimpse into how the PS4 operates.

Here we have an image of the PS4 surface while playing Killzone: Shadow Fall:

Ps4 Thermal image

As you can see, the surface is reading at over 100-degrees Fahrenheit. If we look at the vents, it's even higher:

Ps4 Thermal image

After several hours of playing the temperature held at this level during a normal play session. It's important to realize that, even though this may seem hot to the touch, it's a standard level of temperature for the console.

How do you keep your PS4 running cool? Any tips to keep it from overheating? Let us know in the comments!

Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 12/28/17

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