Holding your PS5 upright is totally fine, news outlet Wololo has clarified. A report from a few weeks ago suggested that placing the current gen console in a vertical position tended to cause internal damage due to the liquid metal leaking down the sides of the APU and eventually spreading onto the motherboard. The outlet has now retracted its statement, claiming that while the issue could still occur, there’s “no evidence” it will happen with consoles fresh out of the box, with no tampering. This would especially affect those who have had their PS5s repaired recently, so you may need to be careful how you position it. Fresh PS5s are not in any danger if placed vertically.
Wololo stated that the initial report had to deal with a misunderstanding on their part, “thinking” that the liquid metal issue was occurring on an unaffected, in-box PS5 unit. “What him [The Cod3r — hardware Youtuber who first brought the design flaw to attention] said (and meant) were PS5s that hadn’t been opened before him (the actual console!) by other repair shops,” Wololo tweeted. If the problem was indeed serious, it would paint Sony in a bad picture as the company continues to advertise the product upright. Sony previously clarified that you can orient a PS5 both vertically and horizontally, thanks to a plastic base that snaps onto the console’s outer white shell.
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There was a critical misunderstanding on our part when we thought TheCod3r said the Liquid Metal issue occurred on unopened, in-box PS5s. What he said (and meant) was PS5s that hadn’t been opened before him (the actual console!) by other repair shops.
— Wololo (@frwololo) January 9, 2023
That said, both TheCod3r and Wololo stick to their claim that placing a PS5 vertically is indeed risky, ultimately leading to an uneven spread of liquid metal intended to help cool the APU. However, there is no widespread evidence to support this claim. For what it’s worth, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan announced at CES 2023 that the PS5 had sold more than 30 million units worldwide. He also claimed that December – Christmas season – was the biggest sales month for the console to date and that players should now have a much “easier time” to find a unit from local retailers. It’s still unclear if this applies to India, where PS5s are being made available in batches that sell out in minutes.
In September, Sony quietly refreshed the insides of recently revised PS5 models, which first launched in Australia. The new units carried a CFI-1200 number and were found to be 200 grams lighter than the original CFI-1100 variant, as confirmed by tech YouTuber Austin Evans. The new PS5 also drew less power and saw heat sink changes and featured an updated motherboard.