Overheating isn't just a hassle; it damages your PlayStation 4. Prolonged heat at high temperatures can ruin your circuit boards and no one wants that. A lot of the reasons that revolve around your console overheating are not your fault, so don't beat yourself up. From a system overload to a routine cleaning job, I'm here to help walk you through your overheating problems!

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Room temperature and random flukes

Sometimes, a console overheating is just a one-time fluke. Before you think your console is broken forever, try these steps first.

  1. Turn off your PlayStation 4.
  2. Let the console cool down to a normal temperature.
  3. Turn your console back on.

If your console still continues to overheat, it may be the temperature of the room affecting performance. From there, you have two options.

  1. Make sure the temperature of your room is not lower than 50° Fahrenheit or over 80° Fahrenheit.
  2. Get a PlayStation 4 cooling stand to hold your console.

Controlling the temperature of your household is obviously the easiest answer, but having a cooling stand for your PlayStation 4 comes with loads of benefits as well. Your console will have more help staying cool, a few more USB ports for charging, and charging docks for controllers. Not to mention an organized look to proudly sit on any TV stand!

Daily cleaning routines and proper ventilation

A can of compressed air should be on the list of things in your handy drawer. I can't begin to count the number of problems I've had with technology that a can of air fixed. That being said, if your PlayStation 4 is overheating, you need to check the cleanliness of your console. Dust buildup is another reason a console overheats.

  1. Unplug your PlayStation 4 and find a flat surface to work on.
  2. Take your can of compressed air and gently navigate it through the openings to the fan on your PS4.
  3. Go through and clean out the USB ports.

  4. Turn your PS4 around and give your plug ports a gentle blow with the can as well.
  5. When you feel satisfied, wipe down your PS4 with a microfiber cloth.
  6. Plug your console back in and see if the overheating issues have improved.

Now that you've used your can of compressed air to clean out your fans, you need to make sure there is enough space for the console to pull in the proper amount of air. While PlayStation did design the PS4 to be able to rest vertically, I still don't recommend it. Having your PS4 sit horizontally ensures that both fans are able to intake air for the maximum ability to keep cool.

If you feel that your PlayStation requires a deeper clean, you need to resort to a professional. Taking apart your PlayStation can be risky business.

Make sure your PlayStation and games are up to date

Not everyone plays their PS4 online or even has it hooked up to the Wi-Fi, but updating your console will increase the performance and reduce the risk of it overworking itself and overheating.

  1. Select Settings from your top menu on the main screen of your PS4. It will resemble a briefcase.

  2. Select System Software Update.

  3. Select Check for Updates.

  4. If there is an update, select Install Update. If there is not an update it will notify you!

Now, when it comes to games, you want to make sure those are up to date as well. Even if the console is up to date the games might be running on updates that will cause the system to overwork itself.

  1. On the main menu of your PS4 highlight the game in question.
  2. Press the Options button located on your controller.
  3. Scroll down the options menu and select Check for Update.

  4. If there is an update, select Install Update. If there is not an update it will notify you!

Most PlayStations are set to automatically update a game when connected to the internet, but this is how you can check for the proper updates.

Make room for more memory

Sometimes when a PlayStation 4 is reaching it's maxed amount of memory it'll start to give you some problems with performance. This isn't overheating, but the way the system slows down can feel similar. You can fix these issues by clearing up some space or buying an external hard drive.

How to check and delete memory from the Settings menu

  1. Select Settings from your top menu on the main screen of your PS4. It will resemble a briefcase.

  2. Select Storage.

  3. If you are looking at the space on an external hard drive select Extended Storage.
  4. To delete content, press the Options button on your controller and press select.

You may have a ton of screenshots, saves, and more. Decide which ones you don't need anymore and clean out your system!

How to delete a game from the main menu

  1. On the main menu of your PS4 highlight the game in question.

  2. Press the Options button located on your controller.

  3. Scroll down the menu that will pop up and select Delete.

Check the warranty of your device

Whether the fans are extremely loud and not working (or silent and not working) you might need to actually send the devices in for repairs. Call the company you bought your console from to check what warranty plan you have. I've listed below the warranty information for the most popular places to buy your device from.

If your warranty is up (or not covering the damages) see below for some cheap alternatives you could do instead.

Our top equipment picks

The best way to store, organize, and cool your PlayStation 4 and accessories.

Cool and organize

Kootek Vertical Stand for PlayStation 4 and Slim

Stylish and resourseful

The Kootek Vertical stand is fit for the standard PlayStation 4 and the Slim model. It has two charging ports for your controllers, three USB charging ports, and two built-in fans to help keep your PlayStation cool.

Help your PlayStation 4 maintain the temperature with this cooling stand. Not only does it provide help in the cooling department, but it also gives you a stylish way to store your console and controllers!

The best things to have for PlayStation 4 maintance

From cleaning tools to extra memory, here's what you need to check out to keep your PlayStation 4 well maintained.

Avolusion 1TB USB 3.0 Portable External PS4 Hard Drive ($50 at Amazon)

This external hard drive is compatible with the PlayStation 4, connects via a 3.0 USB port, and has 1TB of memory. It comes with a two-year warranty, so you're covered in case there are any issues.

Dust-Off Falcon Professional Electronics Compressed Air Duster ($18 at Amazon)

A can of compressed air is a must-have for any home with electronics. You can get a 3 pack of Dust-Off for just a few dollars more than buying a single one on its own.

MR.SIGA Microfiber Cleaning Cloth ($10 at Amazon)

This package comes with six Mr. Siga microfiber cloths. They're soft, non-abrasive, and perfect for keeping your electronics clean.

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