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Holding your PS5 vertically can kill it, unverified claims suggest

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Questionable claims that setting up your PS5 vertically can eventually break it Spread online During the last 24 hours. However, with very few instances of a fault being pointed out by a French repair shop, it is very unlikely that you really need to worry. Along with another console repair store, the two suggest that a design flaw in the PS5’s interior could cause liquid metal to leak out of its casing and damage other components, thus bricking the system. .

Used to cool the console, the claims mention a potential seal break between the APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) and its cooler, which would then leak liquid metal onto other bits and pieces. The theory is that if your PS5 is placed horizontally, the substance won’t go anywhere – it’ll just stay in its casing. However, if the system is vertical, there is a risk of liquid metal escaping.

Detractors of the claim suggest that it loses much reliability when there is even the possibility of liquid metal leaking from its casing, requiring “something bad” to happen with the seal protecting it. Buried within the PS5’s other components, the chances of that happening appear slim. Two repair shops warn that this defect will cause the system to overheat and damage the motherboard. But if you’re already moving your PS5 around so much and smashing it to the point where a small casing inside it breaks, you may already have a big problem.

While both stores share evidence of liquid metal leaking from its casing in tweets, that’s such a small sample size — and not to mention the potential for user-made damage elsewhere — that there’s really nothing to worry about. It doesn’t matter. Sony’s official line is that the system will work in both horizontal and vertical orientations. Otherwise, it wouldn’t have been designed to keep the padding on the bottom flat or ship the system with a stand to keep it upright.

If the situation changes or new evidence comes to light, we’ll be sure to update you with more information. Until then, however, claims of PS5 breakage from such a small sample size cannot be taken as evidence of a wider problem that Sony has ignored. Have you, by any chance, encountered this problem? Let us know in the comments below.

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