We’ve heard previous rumours about the PlayStation 4 possible suffering from overheating and while all these rumours have been unsubstantiated the guys over at Dualshockers decided it was a good idea to approach a developer and ask them about the rumours.
The developer they decided to approach was Digital Extremes, the makers of Warframe who had the following to say
“We’ve been using a bunch of dev kits. They’ve been on almost all the time, sometimes even over night. They’ve always stayed cool, never even gotten warm so It has never suggested the threat of a problem. We have had no problems with any of the dev kits throughout development.”
Which is all good and well but then they continued on with (emphasis mine)
“As far as I know, the specs and cooling of the current dev kits are the same as the final retail consoles, and I never saw one getting any hotter than a PS3 or a Xbox 360. Our consoles never had problems of that sort, and if you’re talking about that picture with the red line, I never saw something like that.”
Now when talking about the stability of a console I would strongly recommend not bringing up the Xbox 360 as your shining example after the disaster that was the reliability of the initial Xbox 360’s.
So do I think that the PlayStation 4 has overheating issues?
Absolutely not, I played for hours on them in London and they were left on for 3 days non-stop and were absolutely cool to the touch at all times. This doesn’t really mean anything but if there was a known problem I’m sure Activision would have been told about it and would have taken measures to protect the consoles.