PS5 orientation – vertical or horizontal, and does it matter?

Standing up or lying down - which way should you have you PS5?

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Three years on from its release, PlayStation users are still debating between the PS5’s vertical or horizontal orientation. In the world of console gaming, Sony’s flagship device still dominates the market as one of the most popular options out there. While it’s mostly been marketed as a vertically standing console, like its predecessor it can also lay horizontally. But is one option better than the other? In this article, we’ll be weighing in on some of the pros and cons of each PS5 orientation, giving you some insight into how to make the most of the device in your gaming set-up, maximizing your use of space as well as enhancing the capabilities of your console.

Vertical position: a space-saving option

The PlayStation 5 is predominantly marketed as a vertical console, and for good reason too. Placing it vertically not only saves space but also adds a touch of elegance to your gaming setup with its sleek black-and-white design. The compact dimensions of the PS5, with a height of 15.4 inches, width of 4.1 inches, and depth of 10.24 inches, make it a space-saver when positioned vertically. This way, you can easily slide the console next to your TV or monitor, and enjoy the soft blue light that emanates from the console’s inner creases.

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Give your PS5’s lighting an upgrade

It’s worth noting that if you want to upgrade the lighting elements of your PS5, you can invest in an RGB LED light strip that illuminate your console from the inside out. Installing lighting accessories such as an LED light strip to your PS5 are made simple by how easy Sony has made removing the faceplates off the device. The LED lights look cool no matter the orientation of your console.

Horizontal position: stability and cable management

If you have enough space and prefer a more stable setup, placing the PS5 horizontally can also be a great option for gaming setups and TV stands. With the stand on, the horizontal PS5 has a height of 4.1 inches, a width of 15.4 inches, and a depth of 10.24 inches. The stand is required for both vertical and horizontal orientations of the PS5, and comes included in the box when you purchase a PS5. This wider horizontal base ensures stability and reduces the risk of the console toppling over, especially if accidentally knocked. Additionally, cable management is easier with a horizontal PS5. All the cables are at the same height and can be neatly hidden behind the back of the console, resulting in a tidier and more organized gaming setup.

Cooling considerations: vertical vs. horizontal

One of the primary concerns when it comes to the PS5 console placement is cooling. The PS5’s impressive cooling system, including a massive heatsink, is specially designed to dissipate heat effectively and prevent overheating. Whether you choose to position your PS5 vertically or horizontally, the cooling system performs exceptionally well as long as you avoid blocking the front, top, and rear of the console, which could hinder the airflow and recycle hot air.

According to Sony’s Vice President of Mechanical Design, Yasuhiro Ootori, there’s no significant difference in cooling performance between vertical and horizontal orientations. Therefore, the choice of orientation does not impact the console’s cooling capabilities, and you should be okay with having it either way.

Durability: vertical vs. horizontal

Rumors have circulated about the potential impact of PS5 orientation on the console’s durability. At one point, there were reports suggesting that placing the PS5 vertically could lead to severe risks due to liquid metal spillage, causing potential damage to the components inside the console including the motherboard and cooling system. Although these reports were later debunked and not verified by reputable repairers or Sony itself, they left a lot of gamers spooked by the thought of causing accidental damage to their console.

However, with no official comments on the matter from Sony, it’s safe to say that the PS5’s orientation, whether vertical or horizontal, does not have a significant effect on its overall durability,

Disc handling: convenience and compatibility

Another factor to consider when choosing your PS5 orientation is disc handling. For vertical placement, it’s important to note that the natural instinct is to point the disc toward the fatter side of the console. However, this is actually incorrect: the disc label should face the right side of the console when placed vertically.

In contrast, the horizontal position offers more convenience and compatibility. The disc drive is located on the lower side of the console, allowing for normal disc insertion with the label side facing up. This eliminates any potential confusion or issues with disc recognition, making the horizontal orientation perhaps a more user-friendly choice.

What is the safest orientation for PS5?

As previously stated, Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 console is safe to use in both horizontal and vertical orientations. Therefore, the standing up or sideways positioning of your console shouldn’t have an impact on its durability or hardware components.

Final thoughts

With the release of the PlayStation Portal, there’s been a rush of renewed interest towards the PS5, and a lot of gamers new to the device will be wondering about positioning their console. In terms of PS5 orientation, both the vertical and horizontal options are available and there’s no specific advantage to either positioning. Therefore, it’s advised that your choice is based on using your available space to your advantage, and deciding based on where your console will fit into your setup without the potential of it getting accidentally knocked or damaged.