Why is your PS4 Overheating and How to Fix it?

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Play Station 4, at the end of the day, is a piece of machine, and machines do get hot. But, if you face severe PS4 overheating issues, we need to do quite a bit of work.

I will show you how to know that your PS4 is heating above the average temperature. Because you might be having a wrong idea about what is acceptable temperature and what is not?

There are certain things you should never do with your PS4. If your console is overheating, then you are doing the wrong things.

Then, we will see many of the reasons that can be responsible for your PS4 getting overheated.

And at last, we will fix those issues along with taking care of your PS4.

How to Know if your PS4 is Overheating?

How to clear cache on PS4

The first step to troubleshoot is to know whether the problem exists or not? And for this, I will tell you the exact secret of checking the signs that your PS4 is getting hotter beyond the usual levels.

Let’s run through them one by one.

The three signs that your PS4 is overheating.

1) The light on the Console turns Red

The light between the two upper surfaces of PS4 will normally remain Blue. And this means that your PS4 is in Perfectly normal condition.

But, anytime if you see Red Light, you may need to turn off your PS4, or it will automatically turn off due to a temperature rise.

2) You get a message on your screen


Like Smartphones, PS4 will display a message on the display whenever it turns hot.

This is quite a good update as it lets you know that you need to troubleshoot your PS4 and get it diagnosed.

3) PS4 beeps three times & shuts down

When the temperature of your PS4 reaches a very high threshold, the PS4 beeps three times and Shuts down automatically.

You can start your Console normally once the temperature drops down.

Again, it means something is wrong.

With these three in mind, let’s have a look at the common reasons why is your PS4 overheating?

Top 7 reason that your PS4 is Overheating

Here are the top seven reasons, I have seen that make console heat abnormally.

Most of these can be fixed manually, while others may need some sort of replacement.

Whatever be the case, let’s have a look at them.

1) Too much Load on the software

If you are an active gamer on PS4, you may have made many friends, downloaded a lot of games or have a lot of notifications.

All these cover up the space on your PS4 and may put up load on the software. Therefore, it becomes necessary to clear the unnecessary files.

In this case, the first step you should take is to clear the cache memory on your PS4 to boost its performance. The cache memory may have become full, thereby putting extra load on the device.

Take these steps:

  • Clear all the notifications.
  • Remove inactive friends.
  • Update games.

And not to forget, you should always turn off your PS4 properly.

2) Fan issues

If your PS4 is overheating, always question the fans inside it. They might be the prime reason behind all the heating issues.

Can you hear out your fans?

Are they spinning?

Are they broke?

Who knows? That is why it becomes beneficial to open up the outer cover of your PS4.

Watch the video on how to do it properly.

3) Connection Problem

If you cannot hear the fan sound in the above case, then the chances are there are some issues with the fan. Either it is disconnected or not in working condition. The best thing to do is to open the outer covering of your PS4.

Once you have opened the PS4, check the wire connections that go to the fan. If they are disconnected, connect them. It should mostly resolve your problem. Or change the fan, if nothing seems to work.

Move to the next step to if this was not the case with your PS4.

4) Heat outlets are covered

You must always provide enough room for your ps4 so that it can breathe properly. Putting the console box in a tight or compact space will not allow proper heat transfer.

All I mean to say is always keep your console in a well ventilated place. This will ensure the properly heat release and prevent any issues with overheating.

Another simple yet efficient technique.

5) Dusty vents

If all the above tips have not helped you, don’t worry! I have a few more.

Since you have opened up your console box, now I want you to crack a little more inside the fan vents.

The reason is that if you live in dusty environments, the vents from where the air flows in and out get covered up.

6) Outdated Software

Another common reason for the unusual heating up of PS4 is the software issues or outdated software.

Outdated software can pose various problems to any device, such as overheating.

Therefore, you must update the software of your PS4 as well as update games regularly. It may look like a simple thing to do, but it is quite helpful.

7) Physical Load on the Console

Many people stack up against their consoles, one over the other. And this is not a very good thing to do. It covers all the openings from where the heat transfers. You should let enough space around your PS4 so that the basic heat transfer can take place.

The second thing may internally damage the circuit or the fans, which will lead to overheating issues.

How to prevent PS4 Overheating?

Up till now, we saw the reasons for PS4 overheating issues. But, we do need to fix it. That is why we are here.

Below are the steps you need to take to prevent overheating on your PS4. You must do these steps from time to time to take care of your PS4.

1) Clean the fan outlet/vent

Cleaning fan outlets become important if you live in a dusty environments.

  • Unscrew the outer cover of your PS4.
  • Take the fan component out.
  • Remove the dust.
  • Put the PS4 back on.

2) Updating the system software

You need to update your PS4 from time to time because sometimes software also can overload the system. And in that case, recent improved and lighter updates are released to increase the efficiency of your device.

This is the main reason you need to update your PS regularly.

3) Upgrading to a better fan

If you still face these issues upgrading to a new fan might be just the right choice. Now, not all of you have to upgrade the fan. The factory fan works just fine.

But, for hardcore gamers, installing a new fan will be quite a good investment. It will keep the system more aerated and cool.

4) Checking the Connections

After you have removed the outer covering of your PS4, one thing you must do is to check the connections of the fan.

Sometimes, the wire may get disconnected from the main supply leading to the fan shutdown.

It does not happen usually but is something to check.

5) Re-installing the system software

Re-installing the PS4 System software can give your PS4 a fresh feel. And to you too.

But, it should be done carefully and properly. Otherwise, all your trophies and saved games will get erased.

It is also a super useful thing to do when your PS4 is not turning on or is suffering some severe software glitches.


So, these were the things that are making your PS4 heat up like fire.

In conclusion, we saw:

  • Is your PS4 even overheating?
  • What are the common reasons for PS4 to overheat?
  • How to fix the overheating issues on PS4?

If you jumped straight to the conclusion, please go back and read the entire article. I am sure it will help you out.

For those of you who have successfully read the entire article on troubleshooting the overheating issues on your PS4, please let me know in the comments if this helped you out.

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