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PS5 USB Ports Allegedly ‘Overheat and Deform’ at Evo 2023 Esports Competition

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Incidents of compromised PlayStation 5 USB ports were reported by attendees of the Evo 2023 fighting game tournament over the past weekend. They used various social platforms (citing Kotaku) to share their experiences and images of USB peripherals that appeared to have overheated and deformed while connected to the many PS5 devices at the event.

AR engineer at Google, and formerly at Meta and Microsoft, Eduardo Cuervo, who claimed to be attending the tournament for the first time, shared an image on X (previously known as Twitter) of a controller’s USB plug with melted components of the PS5’s blue port. “This wasn’t the only controller that experienced this issue,” he wrote. “This is completely unacceptable. There needs to be a solution to this heat dissipation problem, especially if PS5s are going to be used in competitions.”

Eduardo Cuervo / X

The problem was pervasive enough that multiple users chimed in with similar complaints. “After my [Street Fighter 6] match, my opponent kindly removed my cord, and along with it came the PS5 USB receiver,” shared Reddit user u/SyrupyCereal. “My Junkfood cable was ruined right then! I only discovered this when I tried to play my first match for [Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising] and felt foolish because I couldn’t connect my cable to the PS5. Surprisingly, the guy who had pulled it out earlier had also taken a part from the other PS5.”

The exact cause of the supposed overheating is not yet clear. While PS5 systems have been used in prior esports tournaments, there haven’t been many previous complaints of USB ports melting. Evo’s unique competition conditions, however, which include numerous consoles placed in close proximity with rear USB accessories being continually connected and disconnected throughout the high-energy weekend, might have played a role. Some participants speculated that the use of unsupported USB converters, which allow the use of non-compatible controllers, might have caused the port damage.

“USB ports differ in quality across devices,” Reddit user u/xeleion, who claims to have attended the event, wrote. “And in the case of the PS5, some people relied on converters like the Wingman because their joysticks are not natively compatible with the PS5.” They also mentioned that the event space maintained a comfortable temperature of 70 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the weekend, and the organizers did not take risks during the championship rounds. “During the finals, they replaced the PS5s with different units during every ad break, likely as a precaution.”

BuyTechBlog reached out to PlayStation and Evo 2023 (which Sony acquired in 2021) for their comments via email, but we have not received any responses at the time of this article’s publication. We will provide updates on this matter if we get any responses.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about PS5 USB overheating

What happened at the Evo 2023 fighting game tournament related to PS5?

Over the tournament weekend, attendees reported incidents of PlayStation 5 USB ports overheating and deforming, damaging connected USB peripherals. The issue was widespread enough that multiple participants shared similar experiences on various social platforms.

Who highlighted the problem initially?

The problem was initially highlighted by Eduardo Cuervo, an AR engineer at Google, formerly at Meta and Microsoft. He posted an image on social media of a controller’s USB plug that included melted components of the PS5’s blue port.

What are some of the theories about the cause of the overheating?

While the exact cause remains unclear, one speculation is that the unique conditions of the Evo tournament might have contributed to the issue. These conditions included countless systems lined up nearby with rear USB accessories continually plugging in and out throughout the event. Additionally, some attendees speculated that the use of unsupported USB converters, which allowed them to use incompatible controllers, might have caused the console port damage.

Have PlayStation and Evo 2023 responded to the incident?

As of the time of the report, BuyTechBlog had reached out to PlayStation and Evo 2023 (acquired by Sony in 2021) for comments via email, but no responses had been received. Any future responses from either entity will be updated in the article.

Was this the first time PS5 systems were used in an esports tournament?

No, this is not the first time PS5 systems were used in an esports tournament. However, it is one of the few times that such widespread complaints about melting ports have been reported.

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TechNerd2023 August 7, 2023 - 7:12 pm

wait, how come this didnt happen before tho? I mean, its not the first time PS5s are used in a tournie right? somethings off here..

Gamer4Life August 7, 2023 - 9:32 pm

Man, that’s just nuts! never thought id see a PS5 melt like that…Sony gotta do something, pronto!

CyberKnight August 8, 2023 - 3:25 am

does this mean we need to start a petition for better heat dissipation in ps5? count me in!

SuperNova9 August 8, 2023 - 1:08 pm

welp, looks like next time I’m at a competition, I’m bringing a bucket of ice for my PS5. can’t be too safe, right? lol

FightClubFan August 8, 2023 - 2:56 pm

this is such a mess! glad i wasnt there… couldve ruined my controller too and that aint cheap u know.


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