We’re only a little over a month away from the US and international release of Sony’s next step in the console wars, and it looks like they’re already preparing to continue improving the PS5 as you play it. One of the biggest struggles of consoles in the past has been overheating, which can be particularly difficult to remedy with a console that’s already out in the world.
While PC gamers often deal with how much their computer heats up, there are plenty of potential solutions including simply adding more fans or cooling units within the computer itself. Without this option for a console gaming system, Sony could run into serious trouble if gamers saw their PS5 consoles frequently overheating.
Fortunately, the company already seems to have a plan in place to tackle this issue. Sony is planning to roll out online updates in the future that will optimize the performance of the console’s fan, helping to mitigate any potential overheating.
Sony plans future PS5 updates to optimize console’s fan
As expected, the PS5 looks to be Sony’s most technologically advanced console yet with more computing power than any PlayStation that’s come before it. Along with that power comes the undeniable fact that game developers, exactly as Sony would hope, will continue to push the boundaries of what the console is capable of.
Even early glimpses of the console’s graphic capability were breathtaking, so it’s no surprise there’s a fear of future games pushing the tech to the limit and potentially heating the console up significantly in the process. In a recent interview with 4gamer, PS5 Mechanical and Thermal Design Engineer Yasuhiro Ootori broke the news that Sony will update the console’s fan based on how it performs while running future games.
Once the console is in the hands of gamers, Sony can’t expect to make any physical changes to the fans keeping it cool. However, their plan to roll out future updates based on how hard developers are able to push the system is already setting the stage for an evolving console that will continue to maximize its capabilities.
Is Sony more prepared for overheating struggles than Microsoft?
With release titles such as Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, and Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War already expected to break new ground with gorgeous visuals, Sony sounds keen to ensure they keep things optimized as developers continue to push the boundaries of what the PS5 can do. The timing of the news also feels less than coincidental, as Jeux Video’s Ken Bogard recently reported in a video that the Xbox Series X gave off a significant amount of heat.
Should Microsoft’s next-generation console run into temperature issues while Sony’s PS5 keeps those struggles in check, it would give the latter an undeniable edge early in this generation’s console wars. Microsoft has since reassured gamers that there’s nothing to worry about, but future games could push that reassurance to the limit.
Ultimately, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla may end up being the biggest launch title challenge the console’s face side by side. The latest installment of the Assassin’s Creed series from Ubisoft already looks stunning from what glimpses we’ve been given, and last generation’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey continued to test what the PS4 and Xbox One could manage.
With Ubisoft’s next chapter set to launch with both consoles, if either begins having overheating issues while running Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, it could be a serious blow. Not only would it be bad news for the overheating console and parent company, but should the game only hinder one console, it will provide an instantaneous boost and early victory for the console that best manages Valhalla’s demanding performance requirements.