- Jul 12, 2006
that woudl matter very much to me. I hate loud consoles, and I know how loud my old PS3 could get, lol. Those early versions were serious heaters, too--a lot of them overheated on people when they put them in cramped spaces...which was still pretty common for consoles. You don't really see that anymore, because the console generation just started getting used to "mini computer" concept of what they actually became.I don't know if it's considered an issue that they use different fans in the systems as long as the fans perform to spec and do the job, which is preventing the console from overheating.
I'm pretty sure if I called Sony and told them my ps5 sounds different than my friend's and I see articles online about the units having different model fans they would not do anything for me unless the system itself is shutting down on its own or being faulty.
Mine is pretty quiet, I don't hear it unless I am installing a game from a disc.
Anyway, if the idea that the console was known to run quiet, (and lower power, lower heat, so theoretically longer-lasting--that's why this really does matter, for several reasons). I would want to be able to expect mine to perform that way.
This is something very easy to control. It isn't a silicon lottery problem. It's basic physics and mold-based engineering--does fan have x # of blades or y #? how long are the blades. That actually does matter, and it's something that can be controlled from unit to unit.
Even if you aren't aware of what it means to the increased power draw, warmer-running/shorter-lived reality of your system compared to your friend's, you still notice that it is louder, and maybe hitches more, and it bothers you because your friend's doesn't do that.
This isn't putting together a PC yourself and fiddling with timings and tweaking settings and swapping drivers--it's a pre-baked works-for-everyone-the-same way at the same price (theoretically) device that should, at least, be able to control the simplest, repeatable engineering bits from unit to unit, leaving the hardware failures more to "manufacturing lot" issues, not actually rolling out a different part with noticeably different performance requirements to "meet spec."
"meeting spec" is, in some ways, a cop out for the manufacturer or distributer. I get that this is something you couldn't really fight....unless you get enough upset customers, because they all have cameras now and online public video posting access....and you know how people like to talk on the internet about things that bother them, and there's always a lawyer somewhere, haha.