SOME PlayStation 5 consoles shipped with noisy cooling fans that make them hum louder than others, according to a report.
Users of the £450/$450 consoles launched last month have reported weird buzzing sounds coming from the machines within hours of unboxing them.
Some PlayStation 5 consoles shipped with “lesser” cooling fans (pictured) that make more noise, according to a reportCredit: Sony
That’s because not all PS5s were created equal, French tech website Les Numériques reports.
The site dismantled five of Sony’s consoles and found each contained a completely different cooling fan.
The cooling fan stops the PS5 from overheating and kicks into gear whenever the console is performing heavy-duty tasks.
According to Les Numériques, some fans are noisier than others.
A handful of PS5 owners have reported strange noises coming from their £450 consolesCredit: Sony
Pictures posted to the site reveal that louder models have 17 blades on their cooling fans, while quieter ones have 23, thinner blades.
It’s generally assumed that fans with fewer blades have to work harder to push the air around, which may explain the additional noise.
The kicker is that it appears the fan loaded into your PS5 is selected at random, meaning it’s impossible to know whether you’re buying a loud or quiet one.
The report may finally provide an explanation as to why a handful of PS5 owners have reported strange sounds coming from their consoles
Sony’s PS5 console boasts an unusual white and black design
Several videos posted to Twitter in recent weeks appear to show Sony’s machines emitting odd whirring sounds, strange beeps, and more.
The issue appears to only affect consoles with a disc tray.
Twitter user Luke Fletcher said: “Should a ps5 be making this noise?”
And @SKAXIYO said: “I purchased a PS5 today but am having issues with the fan noise… It’s constant and sounds like something is loose inside!”
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X – when did they launch and how much do they cost?
Microsoft launched the Xbox Series X and its smaller, cheaper sibling, the Series S, on November 10.
The release date covered the UK, US, Australia and a bunch of other countries worldwide.
The disc-free Series S costs £249/$299, while the Xbox Series X comes in at £449/$499.
So how does that compare to the new Xbox’s biggest rival, the PlayStation 5?
The PS5 launch fell on November 12, but not everywhere.
That date only stood for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
UK gamers had to wait until November 19 to order one of the consoles.
The PS5 proper costs £449.99/$499.99, while the digital edition comes in at £359/$399.
Sony launched two versions of the PlayStation 5 on November 19.
The full PS5 costs £449/$499, while a Digital Edition without a disc tray is priced at £359/$399.
They’re up against the Xbox Series X (£449) and Xbox Series S (£249), which hit shelves worldwide November 10.
All four consoles are sold out around the world, with stock seesawing in and out of availability over the past few weeks.
The PS5 launched with major exclusive games like Spider-Man Miles Morales and a revamped version of Dark Souls for players to enjoy, while Xbox gamers have a new Halo to look forward to next year.
In other news, fans of Call of Duty will now have the choice of playing a non-binary character in the game.
The Sun’s favourite alternative to a games console is the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset.
And, you can play PS5 games on iPhone, Android or PC.
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