Wondering if it’s possible to repair a damaged HDMI port on your PS4 console, and if it is, how much does it cost? If you do then, this post might be able to give you some input. Read on to learn more about PS4 HDMI port repair.
Signs of PS4 HDMI Port Damage
Through the PS4 HDMI port, you can connect the console to your television. The sound and picture are also transmitted through this port. Majority of modern gaming consoles already have this cable as it is capable of rendering the highest definition video signals and surround sound.
Other indicators of PS4 HDMI Port problems are the following:
- no video signal
- no input error
- black screen
- pixelated display
- distorted graphics
- faulty light indicator on the console
Specific signs of hardware damage on the PS4 HDMI port are as follows:
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- Bent Pins – this is a prevalent issue among PS4 owners. It’s often the result of frequent plugging of the HDMI cable in and out, aggressively.
- HDMI pins pushed in on the console – this usually happens if the cable is forcibly plugged into the HDMI port.
- Loose HDMI port – this is when the cable wobbles when plugged in to the port due to some missing HDMI pins.
If you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms, you can perform the basic troubleshooting on your end by checking the HDMI port for any indications of physical or liquid damage.
You can find the HDMI port on the upper center at the back of your PS4. It usually looks like a half of an octagon. If you see any signs of cut or slash, then that could be the underlying cause.
But wait, is the TV okay?
Remember that not all the aforementioned symptoms are tied to a damaged PS4 HDMI port as they too can occur due to a damaged television in use. Having said that, also consider checking your television.
A faulty or incompatible cable in use may also be the underlying cause. To rule these out, you can try using a different cable and a different TV (if available) to see if the problem is gone. If it persists, then it’s likely that the part of the PS4 itself is damaged.
Why does the PS4 HDMI port break?
A common indication that an HDMI issue is present on your PS4 is when it’s unable to connect or render the correct display.
Wear and tear is also another factor to consider. This is usually the case if you’re constantly hauling the cord out of it. The same thing can happen if you’re too gruffly when inserting the cord.
Environmental factors such as dust and dirt that accumulate and get stuck inside of the port are likewise among the possible causes.
What to do if the HDMI port on your PS4 breaks?
Unfortunately, there’s not much can be done on your end to get the problem fixed unless the problem is software-related.
But if you’ve got the know-how about micro-soldering and electronics stuff and you strongly believe that you can fix it yourself, then you can always try repairing it at home. The entire process typically involves removal, cleaning and installation.
To do this, you will first need to secure the right tools such as a soldering gun and a new HDMI part that’s compatible with your console.
Once you’ve got the needed components and tools, you can start desoldering the old, damaged PS4 HDMI port at the pins and anchor holes, clean up the old solder from the pins and install the new working HDMI part on the right spot.
Prior experiences in electronics repair is a plus to achieve positive results in this repair venture. If you’re not confident, you can always let the professionals fix it for you then.
Just find the nearest repair shop around or go to Sony’s official website and locate the nearest authorized service centers in your area.
How much does the PS4 HDMI port repair cost?
The cost of the PS4 HDMI port varies depending on the severity of the damage component. For minor damage, the average repair cost would be around $100 or less. However, this estimate is only applicable when you opt to go to a non-Sony repair shop as third-party shops typically charge a lot less than OEM shops. That said, if you take your damaged console to a Sony-authorized shop, they will probably charge around $150 or more for your PS4 HDMI port repair.
Apparently, the repair cost is a lot higher than other shops but on a positive note, it does not void your warranty. Consider this an option if your PS4 is still under warranty. Otherwise, you can go elsewhere that charges less for the same repair service.
Is it possible to play a PS4 with HDMI port damage?
According to a few resourceful users, it’s still doable to play with a PS4 with a broken HDMI port. What they purportedly did was enable Remote Play on the PS4 and started playing the console even without a bigger TV screen. Should you wish to give it a shot, here’s what they did:
- Turn your PS4 on.
- If auto-sign is not enabled, press X. Otherwise, skip to the next step.
- Press UP once and then press RIGHT 7 times.
- Now, hit X.
- Finally, press DOWN 12 times and then press X twice.
If that works for you, then congratulations! Otherwise, you’ve got no choice but to have it repaired or better yet, upgrade to PS5.
Hope this helps!
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