How To Fix PS4 Overheating When Playing Ghost Of Tsushima

We’re aware that some unlucky PS4 gamers are having overheating issues when playing Ghost Of Tsushima recently. While we can confirm that this is not a likely coding issue that may only be fixed with a patch, more updates are expected in the near future to fix known bugs. 

If you find yourself with an overheating problem when playing this epic game, this guide may help.

What causes PS4 overheating when playing Ghost of Tsushima?

Overheating is one of the common issues encountered by PS4 players over the years. While most of the causes of overheating problems are hardware-related, some may occur when playing certain games only. 

If you are experiencing overheating issue when playing Ghost of Tsushima, there can be a number of possible reasons for it. Find out all the common causes below why a PS4 may be overheating.


Poor ventilation.

By far, overheating issue on PS4 is mostly caused by improper ventilation. This can happen if your console is unable to maintain tolerable heat levels inside because the air from outside can’t circulate. 

Overheating can also occur if your PS4 is placed near an object that emits heats like an oven, furnace, or when placed near a window with direct sunlight. The same is true when the console is in a hot or dusty room.

Your PS4 should be located in a cool place and its vents should not be blocked. This means that you have to make sure that there’s at least about 2 inches of space around the sides of the console.

Random game or console glitch.

Sometimes, a PS4 may overheat out of the blue even though it’s getting good ventilation and in a generally cool location. If this happens as a one-time event only, it’s probably due to a random bug or fluke. The best thing that you can do in this case is to prevent the console from overheating again by making sure that proper ventilation is observed. 

In somes cases, a random overheating event can be prevented by regularly rebooting the console after using it for long periods of time.

Game coding issue.

Some players may encounter overheating issue only when playing certain games. If your PS4 seems to be overheating only when playing Ghost of Tsushima, it’s possible that the problem may be console-specific. 

At the time of this writing, we’ve only heard of PS4 Pro consoles overheating when playing this game. It’s possible that this is caused by the Pro’s HDR feature, which pushes the consoles hardware to its limits.

If you are on PS4 Pro and running the game on HDR, try turning HDR feature off to see if there’s a difference.

Hardware malfunction.

Like any other gaming console, a PS4 may suffer from hardware errors as it ages. If you regularly encounter overheating problems with your games, more specifically with Ghost of Tsushima, you may have an issue with the hardware. This means that you may need to have the console repaired or replaced to permanently fix the issue.

Possible solutions for PS4 overheating issue when playing Ghost Of Tsushima

Below are the fixes that you can try if your PS4 is overheating when playing GoT.

  1. Let the console cool down.

    An important first step that you can do when dealing with overheating issue is to turn the console off right away and allow it to cool down. Keep in mind that heat can permanently damage the components in the motherboard so bringing the PS4 to normal temperature is a priority. To do this, just turn the PS4 off and leave it unplugged for up to an hour turning it back on.

  2. Invest in a good cooling stand.

    Ideally, you should only use your PS4 in a room that has temperature between 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit (10-26 degrees Celsius). If it’s not possible for you to maintain this temperature, you can consider investing in a good PS4 cooling stand. This should lessen the chances of your PS4 overheating again in the future.

  3. Relocate the PS4 in a cool, well-ventilated space.

    As mentioned above, your console should be operating optimally in room temperature between 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit (10-26 degrees Celsius). If you can’t secure a cooling stand right away, you can try to place the console in a more open area like on top of a table to ensure that it has all around ventilation. 
    If your PS4 is in tight place like against a wall or near other devices that emits heat (TV, computer tower, other consoles), try giving it a few inches of space so air can circulate around.
    You should also avoid exposing your PS4 to dust and heat. Too much dust in the vents can block air intake and eventually cause the console to overheat.

  4. Turn off HDR.

    If you play Ghost of Tsushima on HDR on your PS4 Pro, it’s possible that your console’s hardware may be struggling. In my experience, my PS4 Pro works normally on HDR with this game so I can’t say that this is a universal problem. Try turning off HDR to see if there’s a difference on your case. 
    To disable HDR on a PS4 Pro, just follow these steps:
    -Open Settings menu.
    -Go to Sound and Screen.
    -Select Video Output Settings.
    -Go to Video Output Information.

  5. Clean the console.

    If you want to have hassle-free gaming, you have to regularly do some maintenance on your PS4 like looking after its software and hardware. When it comes to dealing with overheating problem, one of the common reasons is dust build-up. If you see that the vents in the sides are already collecting dust you can use a can of compressed air to get rid of them. After dislodging the dust around the console, make sure to also clear the ports in front and back. Then, wipe the console with a clean cloth to fully remove any dust residue.

  6. Rebuild the database.

    I’ve managed to fix my first-gen PS4 overheating issue when playing God Of War before by rebuilding the database. If you’ve already tried all the suggestions above but the console is still overheating, try to rebuild the database. Here’s how:
    -Turn off the PS4 completely
    -When the device is off press and hold the power button. Release it after you’ve heard two beeps: one when you initially press, and another about seven seconds later.
    -The PS4 will now boot into “Safe Mode“.
    -Connect a DualShock 4 controller with a USB cable and press the PS button on the controller. If the PS4 isn’t recognizing the controller, you may have attached a ‘power only’ USB cable – use the one that came with the controller.
    -Select the option “Rebuild Database”.
    -Wait for the process to complete then restart the PS4.

What to do if PS4 is still overheating

Some users may be simply unfortunate as their console may be overheating due to hardware malfunction. If you are unable to fix the overheating problem by following the solutions in this guide, that means that your PS4 needs to be checked for any hardware fault. 

Visit your nearest Sony store or Service Center for repair concerns.

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