PS5s Reported To Melt USB Ports

PS5s were reported to melt USB ports. And with that being said, here are a couple of tips to avoid the disaster altogether. PS5 systems during Evo have been reported to be running nonstop, which is the largest fighting games tournament in the world in Las Vegas.

PS5s Melt USB Ports

PS5s Melt USB Ports

PS5 systems are reportedly melting USB ports during extended gameplay sessions, as per a report on Monday from Kotaku.

The reported issue was noticed this past weekend at Evolution in Las Vegas, which is the largest fighting games tournament in the world. Players from all over the world descended on the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in a bid to compete in games such as Street Fighter 6, Guilty Gear Strive, and Tekken 7, among many others.

How Players Have Been Affected By the Issue

Due to the fact that the PS5 only has one USB-A port up front, many players have been forced to plug their fighting game controllers into one of the available ports situated in the back. And considering that these systems were on for hours at a time with competitors in question filtering through, PS5s were very much likely heating up all through the day. And because the PS5 as you should know exhausts heat from the back of the system, temperatures may just have gotten hot enough to melt the plastic embedded within the USB ports.

Some competitors in question during the event reported that their cables ended up fusing with the PS5 USB ports, thus forcing the entire port to come out when reportedly yanked.

Both Sony and Evo did not respond immediately on request for comment on the matter.

What Could Have Been the Cause of the Reported Issue

It should however be noted that some competitors were making use of unlicensed converters for their old PS4 fight sticks on the PS5 console due to the lack of cross-system compatibility. It is then possible that issues could have arisen from making use of unlicensed hardware. It is also very much uncertain if the affected USB ports were from defective PS5s.

Sony and RTS Jointly Bought Evo Back In 2021

Sony, alongside RTS, which is a streaming and events management company that is owned by streamer Imane “Pokimane” Anys, jointly bought Evo back in 2021. And because of its direct stake in Sony, the PS5 console is the default system for the Street Fighter 6 competition. Older titles as you should know were played on PS4s. As Sony gets to compete with Microsoft and Nintendo, it has planted its flag with the fighting games community.

And by owning Evo, the Japanese electronics manufacturer all but makes sure that its systems will be the sole destination for players of competitive fighting games. While games such as the upcoming Mortal Kombat 1 will be released on multiple platforms, the competitive scene will very much likely gravitate toward purchasing PS5 copies of the game as that will very much likely be the system that is used at Evo. That is however not to say that games on other systems cannot take part in Evo. There was a Killer Instinct Invitational that was played on Xbox.

Sony’s Hold on the Gaming Community

The hold of Sony on the gaming zeitgeist has helped its PS5 get to nearly 40 million units sold ever since its launch back in 2020. Microsoft on its own end has not been as generous when providing Xbox Series X and S sales figures, but during a developers’ conference that took place in Brazil, the software giant stated that 21 million units had ever since been either shipped or sold. The dominance of Sony was a key argument by Microsoft during its trial with the Federal Trade Commission in regard to its purchase of Activision Blizzard, which is the creator of Call of Duty and Candy Crush.

Tips to Make Sure Your PS5 Doesn’t Melt Your USB Cables

Below are some tips to make sure your PS5 doesn’t melt your USB cables;

  • You should use the front USB-A or USB-C port rather than the rear one, which as you should know is next to the heat exhaust.
  • If you are forced to make use of the rear USB-A port, you should make sure that the console had time to cool just before you decide to plug it in again.
  • You should avoid making use of unlicensed converters until there is a statement from Sony or the third-party hardware manufacturer in question.

That’s it.



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