A PlayStation 5 owner was experiencing a noisy console until he opened it up and discovered that the source of the sound was being caused by a loose sticker inside the machine. A worrying number of early PlayStation 5 owners have complained of an irritating noise coming from the PlayStation 5, which some believe could be an issue with the coil whine or internal fan, an annoying buzzing noise that’s not rare in gaming computers.
While it was not the PlayStation 5’s major selling point, Sony bragged of the next-gen console’s quiet activities before it was released. Especially during the conclusion of the lifetime of the PlayStation, the noise of the fan has been a major problem for the aging console as it struggled to keep up with more advanced modern games.
The PlayStation 5 was supposed to be much silent generally, and not just because of its high-quality components would not have to work so hard to cater to games. The machine as outlined to has enhanced ventilation which means the fan would not be overworked in the first place, which is at least partly because of its massive size.
✅ Ruled out coil whining
✅ Reproduced sound with air (unplugged)
✅ Sound not from the bearings (side)
➡️ Object in the way?
Used Security Torx to open fan case and found that a sticky label got lose and in the way. Removed label. Issue fixed. 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/blqHuER44L
— Frank™ (@Frank_Supercell) November 20, 2020
For most fans, Sony’s pledge of a more silent machine turned out to be true, but others weren’t as lucky. Like other PlayStation 5 owners, Frank Keienburg, a developer at Supercell, complained about his new console making bizarre noise from the beginning, which sounded like it might be a faulty fan.
However, after inspecting the issue further, Keienburg discovered that the problem was caused by a sticker located inside the console that had come loose which in turn made the buzzing noise. After the sticker was removed, the noise was eliminated.
It is worth noting that this may not be the cause for all issues related to noise PlayStation 5s, and opening the machine to check if it is really the cause of the problem is not without possible dangers. Not only would owners risk damaging their PlayStation 5 by opening it, doing so could also nullify its warranty. But for Keienburg’s case, a simply DIY console surgery turned what may have appeared like a broken console into an issue with an easy fix.
It has been a problematic start for this new console generation, and it’s not just due to noisy fans and loose stickers. Even after the chaotic preorder period and release days, which witnessed shipment delays, overloaded websites, and tons of fans left without consoles, the new systems are showing several problems.
On both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, major glitches are emerging that have even caused bricked consoles in some rare cases. Typical to other console launches, early owners get the advantage of experiencing the new games first, but they also have to deal with issues that will hopefully be addressed before Sony finally meets the massive demand for the PlayStation 5.