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This PS5 Design Flaw Could Destroy Your Console

Now that console shortages are clearing up a bit more, PlayStation 5 gamers are busy enjoying exclusive hit titles such as "Deathloop" and "Demon's Souls." And with the DualSense Edge releasing later this month and the PlayStation VR 2 hitting shelves in February — along with its own exciting lineup of games — there will soon be even more ways to enjoy the PlayStation 5. Unfortunately for diehard PlayStation fans, despite all the upcoming additions to the console, some are still unsatisfied with the PS5's hardware.

When the console was first announced, many criticized its massive size and its router-esque design. But as it turns out, size and aesthetics may not be the only big issue with the PS5. According to a 2022 breakdown video, the console also may have a major design flaw that could cause the console to break outright. Read on to learn why you may not want to prop up your PlayStation 5.

Propping the PS5 up vertically could break the console

According to a repair video by TheCod3r on YouTube, putting the PS5 in the vertical position could actually kill the console. In the video, the YouTuber attempted to diagnose and fix a broken console. When they opened it up, they were surprised to discover that some of the liquid metal used to cool the APU leaked onto other parts of the motherboard, causing damage. This is something that TheCod3r explained could happen when a console is dropped, but they didn't think that was the case in this instance, because the console had no dents or visible damage. It could have happened due to someone opening up the console previously and causing the aforementioned leak. Once the console was set upright, it apparently leaked through its internals.

Technician @68Logic experienced something similar, posting screenshots of liquid escaping the APU. The technician pointed the finger at the console being placed upright. If that's the case, it would mean the seal on the APU isn't up to snuff on some consoles, and sheer force of gravity could in fact cause the liquid metal to spread and cause damage. Another PlayStation repairman came to the same conclusion and tried to voice concerns about this alleged flaw.

If these findings are accurate, it contradicts Sony's previous demonstrations, which have pointed to the console being functional regardless of positioning. Up until now, it has seemed as though there was no "incorrect way" to lay your PS5. Until Sony weighs in on this issue, many gamers may be rethinking the way they've set up their console.