Some PS5s Are Very Loud, But The Problem (And Fix) Is Quite Silly
The fix, however, could void the warranty on your new PlayStation 5.
Maybe you were one of the lucky few to already get a PlayStation 5. But you may also be one of the unlucky few who have noticed that the PS5 is pretty loud--particularly the system's fan.
If this situation describes you--someone with a noisy PlayStation 5--then there may be a fix that remedies the problem. However, it's not something we recommend as it could void the console's warranty.
Some PS5 owners have reported a loud whining sound when the system is on, which was chalked up by some as coil whine. In some cases, this might be the case, especially if you hear the noise change as soon as you switch into a game from the home screen.
However, it's now been discovered the issue may all stem from a sticker. If that's the case for you, the fix is quick, but a little risky. You'll also need a special tool in order to eliminate it, so consider that before deciding the noise is unbearable.
@PlayStation Fan noise sounds broken upon first start-up and stays like this. Disc version. Can be heard in the whole apartment.— Frank™ (FS7N) | WFH 🏡 (@Frank_Supercell) November 20, 2020
Fan bricked? Should I return to retailer and how long will I have to wait for a replacement? Other solutions?#ps5 #fan #noise pic.twitter.com/ynVZSGWq38
Supercell's Frank Keienburg was among those experiencing the problem, and he took it upon himself to identify and fix the issue. He opened up his PlayStation 5 and found that a sticky label had gotten loose inside the fan case. Removing the label eliminated the noise issue.
Update— Frank™ (FS7N) | WFH 🏡 (@Frank_Supercell) November 20, 2020
✅ 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
It's worth noting that fan noise was a major complaint among PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro users. And in just about every other instance, the PlayStation 5 is a pretty quiet system. It's not quite as quiet as the Xbox Series X, but far quieter than some of Sony's previous devices.
This comes not long after Amazon UK customers have reported that their preordered PlayStation 5s are missing, seemingly replaced with everything but the console itself.
The PlayStation 5 is now available worldwide, and while getting one is pretty difficult at the moment, restocks are planned at GameStop and Walmart for Black Friday.