Console overheating isn’t only quite common, but it also damages your PS4’s circuits and hardware. Although it is usually a random fluke, more like a one-time thing, it’s always good to have a couple of PS4 overheating fixes at your fingertips. And that’s what we’re about to uncover in the following article!
Whether you’re using PS4, PS4 PRO, or PS4 Slim, frequent overheating can cripple your gaming experience. Find out below whether investing in a PS4 cooling system is what you need, or a quick PlayStation 4 overheating fix might just do.
PS4 Overheating Signs
Your PlayStation is an electronic gadget like any other and will overheat under certain circumstances. Sometimes it’s a long and heavy gaming session, while at others, it might be a lack of cooling causing the problem.
However, the following five points are the top contenders for overheating your PS4:
- A lack of ventilation area around the console or high room temps.
- Prolonged usage of the console while playing heavy graphic games.
- Running an older version of PlayStation O.S. or a game. (Non-updated versions)
- Dust build-up in your Sony console.
- Continuous charging and pairing PS4 controllers via USB ports.
Note: Continuous attempts to connect your PS4 to Wi-Fi or finding a network may also overwork and overheat the components.
PS4 overheating is not something that goes unnoticed. Here are the telltale PS4 overheating symptoms that you need to look out for:
- You get a message on the screen saying, “The PS4 is too hot. Turn off the PS4 and wait until the temperature goes down“, after which your console automatically shuts down.
- You hear the PS4 cooling fans’ hissing get louder as they work harder to ventilate the console with fresh cool air.
- You notice stuttering and lagging in the games as the PS4 adjusts its clock speed to prevent hardware damage.
- You can feel the PS4 heating up much higher than the room temperature.
How to Fix an Overheating PS4?
You probably know by now what causes your PS4 to overheat and what signs to look out for. If not, take a quick glance at the section above to find out!
However, knowing what causes your PS4 to overheat is not enough. You need to know a handy fix as well. So, here are some handpicked fixes for PS4 overheating that you can get done in under 10 minutes!
1. Restart Your PS4
As mentioned earlier, your PS4, PS4 Slim, or PS4 Pro overheating could be a random fluke and not a recurring problem. And you can apply the classic fix of “turning it off and on” to fix the issue.
As the PS4 overheating message on screen directs:
- Shut down your console.
- Let it cool down to room temperature.
- Boot up the console.
In most cases, this solves the problem and indicates a minor bug or system overload that has been fixed. But if it doesn’t work and your PS4 still overheats after loading it for a few minutes or an hour, you might need to try one of the following fixes.
2. Improve Ventilation for PS4
You need to give your PS4 room to breathe. Because if you’ve kept it in a tight space, next to another electrical appliance or wall, you’re blocking its airflow. The PS4 comes with built-in cooling systems to keep the components from overheating. And it can only do that if it has ample cool air circulating.
So, if you’ve kept your console in a tight place, try bringing it out and putting it in the open. If you see the PS4 temperature improving slowly, you need to find a different place for your console. Put it on top of a spacious T.V shelf. Doing so ensures that the PS4 fan does not suck in the same hot air that is pushed out.
3. Change Room Temperature
Your gaming room’s temperature affects a PS4’s performance quite significantly. In fact, the manufacturer’s recommendation is to use PlayStation 4 in a room with temps between 41 and 95 Fahrenheit. As accurate as possible, users suggest tightening the window a little and keeping the temps between 50 and 80 Fahrenheit for an optimal gaming experience.
If your PS4 is in a room where the temperatures casually exceed 80 Fahrenheit, you can do a few things to fix it. Besides the obvious fix of changing your room’s temperature, you can either invest in a PS4 cooling rack or shift the PS4 to another room. Doing so will help get rid of the annoying “PS4 overheating” message on the screen.
4. Clean the Dust From your PS4
If you’ve never cleaned your PlayStation, you’d be surprised at how much of a difference it makes!
The dust, dirt, and grime in the air rapidly looping through the vents of your PS4 gradually deposits and builds up. When it crosses a threshold, it may become too significant to partially or fully block your console’s airways. And in turn, this makes your PS4 overheat even with the cooling fan working much harder.
Although calling a professional is the best there is, you can clean up the PS4 on your own as well. Make sure you have a vacuum cleaner or a can of compressed air at hand when you proceed. When you’ve done that, here’s how you can properly clean dust from your PS4:
- Power off your PS4 and unplug it from the socket.
- Carefully remove the side-cover of your PS4.
- Use the vacuum cleaner to suck out any deposits of dust, dirt, or grime from the metal casing.
- Use the compressed air can on the fan and heat sink of your PS4.
- Clean the area around the PS4.
An important thing to keep in mind while cleaning dust from PS4 is not to use a brush. Because using a brush to dust off the dirt will push the particles inside the casing and may cause other problems later on.
Note: A room with an air purifier is most suitable for a PS4, it prevents the dust and dirt buildup and keeps your PS4 efficient.
5. Update PS4 Software
An outdated PlayStation software, too, is a leading culprit for PS4 overheating. Like an old Windows software limits a P.C.’s performance, an older P.S. software also overburden the hardware. New updates usually fix fan speeds, on and off time, and other cooling bugs in the system.
- To update your PlayStation Software, follow the steps below:
- Toggle up in the P.S. “Main Menu” and find the briefcase icon for setting at the far right, then enter “Settings“.
- Scroll down in the settings menu and select the System Software Update tab.
- Check for updates. If your system is not up to date, you will see an update ready to install.
- Click Install Updates and wait while the console updates its software.
6. Update PS4 Games
If you found out in the previous step that your PlayStation software is up to date, but you still have overheat issues, it could be your game that’s causing the problem. An easy check for that is if your PS4 overheats while playing a specific game.
- If yes, you’ll want to update your game version to resolve the issue.
- From the PS4 main menu, select the game that’s causing your PS4 to overheat.
- Select “Check For Updates” from the options menu.
- If an update exists, you’ll be notified. Proceed by selecting “Install Update“.
However, please note that there may be a coding error or a bug within the game if it’s a new game release or major update. And in that case, you have no choice but to wait for the manufacturer to come up with a new update.
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How to Change Thermal Paste to Avoid PS4 Pro Overheating?
PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim overheating issues are more common compared to the standard PS4 console. Perhaps, the compact design limits the flow of fresh cool air into the console’s cooling system.
For starters, cleaning your PS4 Pro/Slim and keeping them in the open is a great way to cool down affairs. But if the PS4 Pro overheating problem is still prevalent, changing the device’s thermal paste will definitely improve things. Among other maintenances, changing the thermal paste between the PS4 Pro’s motherboard and heat sink is a good way to keep your console from overheating.
Though nothing beats a professional pair of hands to unscrew and apply the thermal paste to your PS4 Pro’s heat sink, you might as well learn to do it yourself since you’ll e doing it once a year at least.
Caution: Dismantling your PS4 Pro/Slim will void the console’s warranty. Also, avoid improvising on the tools used to dismantle and operate on the console. You might end up damaging a fragile connection.
Dismantling PS4 Pro
I’ve broken down the process of applying thermal paste to your PS4 Pro when it is overheating into two parts. Firstly, you’ll learn how to dismantle your PS4 Pro console safely. And secondly, I’ll teach you how to apply the thermal paste to the heat sink.
With that said, let’s get started!
1. Remove Hard Drive
Start dismantling your PS4 Pro by removing the hard drive caddy first. Do so by snapping removing the plastic cover over the hard drive caddy. It should at the back of your console.
Flip over the PS4 Pro and remove the only screw holding the hard drive caddy. Now, slowly pull the hard drive caddy out of the slot on your console.
2. Remove Top Cover
Place your PS4 Pro with the right side up. Grab the Power Supply Assembly cover from both corners at the front and pull upwards. Be generous with the force you apply until you hear a loud click.
After you hear the clips snapping open at both of the front corners, lift up the cover and slide it backward. With the back removed, head over to removing the Pentagon-like metal plate secured with 5 screws.
3. Remove Bottom Cover
Flip over your PS4 Pro with its bottom side facing up. Remove three screws from the back of the console next to the Ethernet, USB, and HDMI slots.
Now, pull the cover upwards from both of the front corners as in the previous step. Gently apply force until you hear the plastic clips snapping. And then slowly slide the cover backward to pull off.
4. Remove the Metal to Uncover the Motherboard
Remove 11 (4mm) black screws and 11 (10mm) silver screws from the silver plate on the bottom of your PS4 Pro. Once you’ve safely removed the screws, disconnect the three antennae connections to the plate. Using a plastic spudger to disconnect the antennae cables will prevent causing any damage. These are two black wires and one white connected to the green spot on the metal plate.
Now, disconnect all connections to the metal plate by pulling out the fan connector first. It is a white cable connected at the top-right of the board. Pull it straight out. Secondly, pull the five blue cables connected at the top-left of the board. And finally, pull the large cable by its retaining flap to disconnect from the plate.
Slowly pull up the plate while making sure all the cables are safely disconnected.
5. Remove the Power Supply
Gently flip over the PS4 and pull out the power supply movement. However, be mindful of the one cable connecting the power supply to the motherboard. Remove it carefully before pulling out the power supply unit completely.
To disconnect the power supply cable, pull out the sole connector at the back of the power supply.
6. Remove the Motherboard
Place your PS4 Pro with the right side up and remove the 8 screws securing the x-shaped metal plate to the motherboard. Using a plastic spudger, carefully lift up the metal plate from the motherboard.
Remove 4 (13mm) screws from the X-plate underneath and gently lift it up to detach the motherboard completely. Now, slowly lift up the motherboard while gripping it from around the edges.
How to Replace Thermal Paste on PS4 Pro?
Now that we’re done with the difficult part of dismantling the PS4 Pro, applying the thermal paste is relatively easy. But before you use the new thermal paste to your processor and the heat sink, you must completely remove the residue of the old one. So, let’s start off with removing the old thermal paste first!
1. Removing Old Thermal Paste
You’ll need a flat-headed spudger to remove any solidified thermal paste. Gently scrub the heat sink’s core and then use a coffee filter to remove any thin residue. Moreover, using Isopropyl Alcohol or a cleaning agent to clean any dry deposition from the core is even more effective.
Once you’ve cleaned the cores, now’s the time to prepare the processor’s surface as well. Repeat the same process of scrubbing the processor’s surface with a plastic spudger and fine clean with a coffee filter and a cleaning agent.
2. Applying New Thermal Paste
Wrap the tip of your finger with a plastic sandwich bag or use rubber gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints on the heat sink or the processor. Use as little thermal paste while applying it to the processor as possible. Since it is easy to overdo it, this might prove to be a little tricky.
Avoid spreading the thermal paste to the green parts of the processor. Though if you do accidentally spread it over, it won’t cause any damage and be cleaned immediately. You don’t need to apply the thermal paste to both the heat sink and the processor. Doing so on one should spread it evenly across the other as well.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully changed the thermal paste for your PS4 Pro. Now, assemble the console by repeating the steps above in the opposite way. PS4 too hot or PS4 Pro overheating problems should now improve significantly, if not solved altogether.
PS4 Still Overheating After Trying All of the Above Fixes?
Sometimes, trying all of the above fixes doesn’t do much good, and you still have an overheating PS4 at hand. In that case, it is probably a hardware issue that’s causing your PS4 to overheat.
The hardware components of your PS4 may wear out or become faulty over use, or even out of the blue, because that’s how electronics work! You can try screwing open the console and replace the thermal paste under the heat sink, but you’ll want to leave that out for an expert.
Opening and making hardware changes will invalidate your PS4’s warranty. This is why you must always consult either an expert or call Sony Customer Service for help.