You and your PlayStation® 4 go way back. You've spent so many late nights with Grand Theft Auto V that maybe you've even wondered how many crimes you can commit before you break your console.
We're kidding. But if you're like us, you've probably asked yourself, “What's the lifespan of a PS4?” The answer is a bit complicated and depends on several factors. But complicated is what we do best.
Here at Asurion, we fix and protect the tech you love, whether your PS4 controller isn't working or you're seeing the blue light of death. We'll also help you extend the life of your favorite devices. Here's our cheat sheet for how long a PS4 will last.
How old is the PS4?
The PlayStation 4 was released in November 2013, and every year since, developers have introduced new games to play. To date, over 3,400 games—and counting—are available on PS4. Sony® still supports the gaming console, and manufacturers continue to release games for it alongside the PS5, which came out in 2020.
How long will a PS4 last?
Your PS4 should last for at least 5 years. Typically, it'll last much longer depending on these key factors:
- How often you use it. If you play games every day, there'll be more wear and tear on your console. If you use it less often, it'll likely last longer.
- How you maintain it. If you take care of your PS4 by cleaning it, plugging and unplugging the cables gently, and putting it in a safe place when you're not using it, you'll extend the life of your device.
How to make your PS4 last longer
Here are a few tips to keep your PS4 working at its best for as long as possible:
Keep your PS4 away from heat and direct sunlight
If your PS4 overheats, it'll deteriorate quickly. Always keep your console at least 4 inches from the wall and keep it away from heat sources and direct sunlight. For more tips, check out our guide on how to stop your PS5 from overheating. (The tips are the same for a PS4).
Put your PS4 in a well-ventilated place
The best place for your console—when you're playing it or when it's resting—is in a cool, dry area with plenty of air circulation. Never block airflow by storing items like a blanket or boxes on top or beside your console.
Clean your console
Your PS4 can be a magnet for dust and dirt, so it's important to clean your PlayStation regularly. Use compressed air in and around its ports and make sure to blow the dust out of your machine's vent holes and slats as well. Clean the outside of your device with a microfiber cloth sprayed with a 50/50 mix of water and isopropyl alcohol.
Your PS4 is also a magnet for bugs that love to hide inside a nice warm console. If you think there are unwelcome pests inside your PS4, stop by your nearest uBreakiFix® by Asurion store to have them professionally removed.
Put your PS4 in rest mode
Using this feature is a lot like putting your laptop to sleep instead of turning it off. In rest mode, your console will use less power but can still charge controllers, download updates, and keep apps working on power-saving settings. Also, it's fun to quickly jump right back into your game where you left off when you exit rest mode.
To enter rest mode from the home screen, select Power > Enter Rest Mode.
Give your console a break
Games with complex graphics use a lot of power and can heat up your PS4. And consoles with lots of players—think a family taking turns—can get worn out fast. If you've been playing for 4 hours or more, let your PS4 take a rest.
Keep pets and drinks away from your PS4
We love our pets, but dog and cat hair will clog up your console and your pet could knock over your PS4 and break it. The same goes for drinks. Keep them far away from your system as a spill will almost certainly mean game over.
Back up your PS4 data
Thinking about upgrading to a PS5? Make sure to back up your PS4 data and trophies to an external USB or hard drive before you do. Even if you're keeping your PS4 for now, it's a great idea to back up your data at least once a month so you won't lose your hard-earned stats. If you need help backing up your console, reach out to a PlayStation repair expert.