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How long can you leave your PS5 on?

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What you need to know:

If you need to leave your PS5 on overnight, take precautions to ensure safe overnight operation and avoid potential tech trouble: 

  • Place your PS5 in a well-ventilated area to avoid overheating.
  • Opt for Rest Mode rather than leaving the console fully powered on.
  • Regularly monitor your PS5 for any signs of overheating or unusual performance issues.

All gamers have been there: a late-night game session turns into an all-nighter after you’ve fallen asleep with the console still on. No big deal, right?

The upside is that your PlayStation is ready to go at the press of a button with no loading screens. The downside? Leaving your console on for extended amounts of time might not be good for your system's hardware. 

At uBreakiFix® by Asurion, our experts know tech—including gaming consoles. From protection and repair to tips for cleaning your PlayStation the right way, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what you should know about how long is too long to leave your PS5 on.

Will leaving my PS5 on overnight cause overheating?

Understanding the risks of overheating is essential for safe operation and extending the life of your console. The PS5 has an advanced cooling system, but still needs good ventilation to prevent overheating

When you take a break, so should your console. Your PlayStation has a setting that keeps the game ready to go in case you want to jump back in without having to load everything again—and without having to worry about overheating. Rest Mode puts your console in cryosleep, giving you the best of both worlds. Here’s how to enable it:

  1. Press the PS button.
  2. Select the Power icon at the bottom right.
  3. Select Enter Rest Mode

Does it affect the PS5's lifespan to leave it on overnight?

The long-term effects of keeping your PS5 on overnight can be a concern—especially if it’s a part of your daily routine. Prolonged use can contribute to wear and tear on the system's internal components, but occasional overnight usage is unlikely to significantly impact the console’s lifespan.

Remember, Rest Mode is your friend. You can head to system settings and set a “rule” for prolonged inactivity. If your console goes for so long without interaction, it’ll put itself to sleep. Here’s how:

  1. Head to Settings > System.
  2. Select Power Saving > Set Time Until PS5 Enters Rest Mode.

Now, you don’t have to remember to put your PS5 into Rest Mode when your nap lasts a little longer than planned. 

Is it safe to download games or updates overnight?

Downloading games or updates overnight—while the console is in Rest Mode—is a common practice and perfectly safe for your system. It’s a great way to ensure your console is up-to-date when you’re ready to play. 

Will leaving the PS5 on overnight increase my electricity bill?

While in Rest Mode, the PS5 consumes less electricity, but leaving it on overnight will still contribute to your overall power usage.

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