Ever since its release over two years ago, Sony has claimed that users can use the next-generation console in the PlayStation 5 both vertically and horizontally.
With a console of PS5’s size, it’s a relief for many users, as they have the choice to keep their console any way they want. For the last two years, it seemed like the PS5’s alignment wouldn’t be causing any particular issues to its long-term health. However, new reports and revelations seem to suggest otherwise.
As spotted by Wololo, reports have arrived about users damaging their PS5s by keeping them upright. The report features a recent tweet from 68Logic, who claims that the Liquid Metal used to cool the APU moves in an upright PlayStation 5.
Do not put your Ps5 upright, here is the result the liquid moves and the freezes are there pic.twitter.com/A4Do3TkcXk
— Consoles System (@68Logic) January 4, 2023
Other than that, the report also features other instances of console repairman bringing the issue to light for some time now. But what could possibly go wrong with a moving Liquid Metal?
As explained by Wololo, most of the time, a moving Liquid Metal used for cooling shouldn’t be a problem, as they’re tightly sealed shut. However, in some instances of the PS5, the seal between the APU and the cooler seems to be getting damaged. If the PS5 remained horizontal, then the Liquid Metal has no reason to move. However, due to gravity, the Liquid Metal in a vertical PlayStation 5 falls.
Because of this, cooling might be drastically affected, as the lack of Liquid Metal can cause overheating and other system issues. Along with that, the Liquid Metal is also conductive, which means it can cause a short circuit if it touches a wrong component.
For the most part, this issue won’t affect users, who have kept their PS5s upright. However, it’s always good to remain on the safe side, and use your PS5s horizontally.