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How to Fix a PS4 that Keeps Turning Off: A Comprehensive Guide

How to Fix a PS4 that Keeps Turning Off

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Why Does Your PS4 Keep Turning Off?

It’s a gamer’s worst nightmare: you’re in the middle of an intense match or a crucial mission, and suddenly your PS4 decides to turn off.

Not only is it frustrating, but it can also lead to data loss and potential damage to your console.

If you’re facing this issue, you’re not alone.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore unique aspects that could be causing your PS4 to turn off unexpectedly, such as software glitches, firmware problems, and specific error codes.

By the end of this guide, you’ll have a better understanding of why this happens and how to prevent it in the future.

So, let’s dive in and get that PS4 up and running consistently!

Costs of Fixing a PS4 That Powers On Then Off

When your PS4 exhibits the frustrating behavior of powering on only to shut down shortly after, it’s crucial to understand the potential causes and associated repair costs.

At Console Service Centre, we’re dedicated to demystifying these issues for you, ensuring you’re well-informed about the steps and expenses involved in rectifying this problem.

Several factors can contribute to this issue, each with its own repair costs:

PS4 Power Supply Replacement:

    • PS4 Original Power Supply Cost: R1570.00
    • PS4 Slim Power Supply Cost: R1650.00
    • PS4 Pro Power Supply Cost: R2395.00

Non-functional Fan:

    • If the fan stops working, it cannot cool the system properly, leading to an automatic shutdown to prevent overheating. The cost to replace a fan is R850.00 across all PS4 models.

Blocked Heat Sink or Old Thermal Paste:

    • Over time, dust accumulation and degraded thermal paste can impair the PS4’s cooling efficiency. A full yearly service, which includes cleaning the heat sink and replacing the thermal paste, is recommended to maintain optimal performance. This service is priced at R995.00 for all models.

Main Board Component Issues:

    • Components on the main board shorting out necessitate precise diagnostics and replacement. The cost for these repairs was previously mentioned, with prices ranging from R850.00 to R1800.00, depending on the specific components that are faulty.

Understanding Repair Costs:

  • Comprehensive Diagnostics: Identifying the exact cause of the power on/off issue requires thorough diagnostics, ensuring that we address and fix the root of the problem effectively.

  • Transparent Pricing: We provide clear costs for each potential issue, from power supply faults to main board repairs, ensuring you’re not caught off guard by unexpected expenses.

  • Quality Service: Regardless of the problem, our commitment to using high-quality parts and offering expert service means your PS4 will be in the best hands.

At Console Service Centre, we understand the importance of clear communication and transparent pricing.

By offering detailed insights into the potential costs and causes for a PS4 that turns on then off, we aim to help you make informed decisions about your console’s repair needs.

All prices above are only and estimate, we need to phisically inspect the PS4 console to give you and official estimate.

A dynamic illustration showing a PlayStation 4 console in the midst of turning off unexpectedly, with the screen flickering

Common Misconceptions

Debunking Myths About Why Your PS4 Keeps Turning Off

Before diving into the technicalities, it’s crucial to address some common misconceptions that often circulate among PS4 users.

Many people believe that a PS4 turning off by itself is always due to overheating or a faulty power supply.

While these are valid concerns, they are not the only reasons.

In some cases, the issue could be as simple as a software glitch or even a specific error code that’s causing the system to shut down.

Here are some myths we’ll debunk:

  • Myth 1: It’s Always Overheating: Overheating is a common issue, but not the only one. Software and firmware can also be culprits.
  • Myth 2: A Hard Reset Will Fix Everything: A hard reset is a drastic measure and should be your last resort.
  • Myth 3: It’s a Hardware Issue, So I Need a New Console: Not necessarily. Many issues can be resolved without replacing your PS4.
  • Myth 4: Board-Level Components Don’t Matter: Contrary to popular belief, even a small component on the main board or a bigger component like the South Bridge Chip can cause your PS4 to turn off. If a component is shorting out, the PS4 may turn off to protect itself.

Software Glitches

Navigating the Maze of Software Glitches

Software glitches can be a hidden culprit when your PS4 keeps turning off.

These glitches can range from minor bugs to more extensive issues that require immediate attention.

In this section, we’ll walk you through some common software glitches and how to fix them.

Common Software Glitches and Solutions

1. Corrupted Game Data

  • Symptoms: Your PS4 turns off while playing a specific game.
  • Solution: Delete and reinstall the game. Make sure to back up your saved data first.

2. Outdated System Software

  • Symptoms: Frequent crashes and unexpected shutdowns.
  • Solution: Update your PS4 to the latest firmware.

3. Incompatible Apps

  • Symptoms: PS4 turns off when launching certain applications.
  • Solution: Uninstall the problematic app and wait for an update from the developer.

4. Cache Issues

  • Symptoms: Sluggish performance followed by a shutdown.
  • Solution: Clear the PS4 cache by turning off the console completely and unplugging it for a few minutes.


Steps to Update Your PS4 Software

  1. Connect your PS4 to the internet.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Select System Software Update.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update.

Firmware Problems

The Hidden Culprit: Firmware Issues

Firmware issues are often overlooked when a PS4 keeps turning off, but they can be just as problematic as hardware glitches.

In this section, we’ll delve into the common firmware problems that could be causing your PS4 to shut down and how to address them.

Identifying Firmware Problems

1. Error Codes

  • Symptoms: Your PS4 displays specific error codes before shutting down.
  • Solution: Look up the error code on Sony’s official website and follow the recommended troubleshooting steps.

2. Failed Updates

  • Symptoms: Your PS4 turns off during a system update.
  • Solution: Restart the PS4 in Safe Mode and attempt the update again.

3. Corrupted Firmware

  • Symptoms: Random shutdowns without any error codes.
  • Solution: Reinstall the firmware using a USB drive.


How to Reinstall Firmware

  1. Download the latest firmware from Sony’s official website.
  2. Save it on a USB drive in a folder named “UPDATE.”
  3. Turn off your PS4 completely.
  4. Insert the USB drive into one of the PS4’s USB ports.
  5. Hold the power button for 7 seconds to boot into Safe Mode.
  6. Select “Initialize PS4” and follow the on-screen instructions.

Power Supply Issues

The Unseen Villain: Power Supply Problems

When your PS4 keeps turning off, the power supply could be the culprit.

A faulty power supply can lead to unexpected shutdowns, affecting your gaming experience.

In this section, we’ll explore how to identify and resolve power supply issues.

Signs of a Faulty Power Supply

1. Intermittent Power

  • Symptoms: Your PS4 turns off at random intervals.
  • Solution: Check the power cable and outlet. If the issue persists, consider replacing the power supply, if it’s not another problem, test the power supply first if you have the means to do so.

2. No Power at All

  • Symptoms: Your PS4 doesn’t turn on.
  • Solution: There’s a good chance it’s a faulty power supply. Replacement is usually the best course of action, again, if it’s not something else causing the problem, test your power supply first.


Replacing a Faulty Power Supply: Proceed with Caution

While it’s possible to replace the power supply yourself, it’s a complex process that carries risks.

Here are the general steps:

  1. Unplug your PS4 from the electrical outlet.
  2. Open the PS4 casing to access the power supply unit.
  3. Do not let your fingers touch the internals of the power supply at anytime, it can shock you.
  4. Disconnect the old power supply and remove it from the console.
  5. Install the new power supply and reconnect all the cables.

Overheating Issues

The Silent Culprit: Overheating

One of the most common reasons your PS4 might be turning off is overheating.

Overheating not only disrupts your gaming but can also damage the internal components of your console in the long run.

In this section, we’ll delve into how to identify and tackle overheating issues.

We do not recommend opening your own gaming console unless you have the expertise and the correct tools.

If not you can cause damage to the internal components of you PS4 console.


Signs Your PS4 is Overheating

1. Loud Fan Noise

  • Symptoms: Your PS4’s fan is making a loud noise.
  • Solution: This could be a sign that your PS4 is working hard to cool itself down. Consider cleaning the fan and ensuring proper ventilation.

2. Hot to the Touch

  • Symptoms: The console is hot when you touch it.
  • Solution: Turn off the PS4 and let it cool down before restarting.

3. Warning Message

  • Symptoms: A warning message appears on the screen indicating that the PS4 is too hot.
  • Solution: Turn off the PS4 immediately and let it cool down.


How to Prevent Overheating

  1. Ensure Proper Ventilation: Make sure your PS4 is in a well-ventilated area.
  2. Clean the Fan: Dust can accumulate and block the fan. Clean it regularly.
  3. Avoid Direct Sunlight: Keep your PS4 away from direct exposure to sunlight.

Board-Level Components and Their Role

The Hidden Culprits: Board-Level Components

When it comes to a PS4 turning off unexpectedly, most people immediately think of obvious culprits like power supply issues or software glitches.

However, the problem can often be much deeper, residing at the board level of your console.

In this section, we’ll delve into the role of board-level components in causing your PS4 to shut down and how we at Console Service Centre can help you resolve these intricate issues.

Signs of Board-Level Component Issues

1. Intermittent Shutdowns

  • Symptoms: Your PS4 turns off randomly without any pattern.
  • Possible Cause: A component on the main board might be shorting out, causing the PS4 to turn off to protect itself.

2. Failure to Boot

  • Symptoms: Your PS4 fails to boot up properly.
  • Possible Cause: A crucial component like the South Bridge Chip could be malfunctioning.

Common Board-Level Components and Their Functions

  1. Capacitors: Store and release electrical energy.
  2. Resistors: Control the flow of electrical current.
  3. South Bridge Chip: Manages data between the CPU and other components.
  4. Voltage Regulators: Ensure the correct voltage is supplied to different parts of the board.


How to Diagnose Board-Level Component Issues

Do not open your PS4 console if you don’t have the expertise and equipment to do so, you can cause further damage.

  1. Visual Inspection: Look for any visible signs of damage like burnt components.
  2. Multimeter Testing: Use a multimeter to check for electrical continuity.
  3. Professional Diagnosis: For complex issues, consult professionals like us at Console Service Centre.


An image depicting a PlayStation 4 connected to a high-quality surge protector, placed in a clean and organized gaming setup.

How to Prevent Your PS4 from Turning Off in the Future

Proactive Measures for a Seamless Gaming Experience

You’ve learned about the various factors that could cause your PS4 to turn off unexpectedly.

Now, let’s focus on how you can prevent these issues from happening in the first place.

After all, prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to enjoying uninterrupted gaming sessions.

Keep Your PS4 Well-Ventilated

Why It’s Important: Overheating is a common issue that can cause your PS4 to shut down.

What to Do:

  • Place your PS4 in an open space.
  • Make sure it’s not near any heat sources.
  • Clean the vents regularly to ensure proper airflow.


Regular Software Updates

Why It’s Important: Outdated software can lead to compatibility issues and glitches that might cause your PS4 to turn off.

What to Do:

  • Always update your PS4 to the latest software version.
  • Use a stable internet connection for updates.


Check Your Power Connections

Why It’s Important: Loose or faulty power connections can lead to sudden shutdowns.

What to Do:

  • Ensure the power cable is securely plugged into the PS4 and the wall outlet.
  • Consider using a surge protector to safeguard against power fluctuations.


Limit Prolonged Usage

Why It’s Important: Extended periods of gaming can strain the system and lead to shutdowns.

What to Do:

  • Take regular breaks during long gaming sessions.
  • Use the PS4’s built-in rest mode to give the system a break.

When to Seek Professional Help for Your PS4

Knowing When It’s Time to Call the Experts

You’ve done your best to troubleshoot and prevent your PS4 from turning off unexpectedly, but sometimes, the issue is beyond a quick fix.

In such cases, it’s crucial to know when to seek professional help to ensure that your PS4 is in the best hands.

Here’s how to make that decision.

Persistent Issues Despite Troubleshooting

Why It’s a Concern: If you’ve followed all the steps outlined in this guide and still experience issues, it’s a sign that the problem is more complex.

What to Do:

  • Contact Console Service Centre for a comprehensive diagnosis.
  • Consider sending your PS4 for a professional repair service.


Unidentifiable Errors or Codes

Why It’s a Concern: Error codes that aren’t easily decipherable indicate a deeper issue that requires expert attention.

What to Do:

  • Note down the error codes.
  • Consult with Console Service Centre for a targeted solution.


Frequent Overheating Despite Preventive Measures

Why It’s a Concern: If your PS4 continues to overheat despite taking all preventive measures, it could be a sign of internal damage.

What to Do:

  • Stop using your PS4 immediately to prevent further damage.
  • Consult with Console Service Centre for an internal check-up.


Expert Advice: Trust Console Service Centre

At Console Service Centre, we specialize in out-of-warranty repairs for all gaming consoles, including PS4.

Our team of experts is equipped to handle even the most complex issues, ensuring that your gaming experience is as smooth as possible.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for any PS4-related concerns.

Knowing when to seek professional help can save you both time and money in the long run.

If you’ve tried everything and your PS4 still keeps turning off, it’s time to consult the experts at Console Service Centre.

Console Service Centre makes the process smooth and convenient:

  • Free Collection and Delivery: Let us come to you! We offer a free collection and delivery service anywhere in South Africa with the courier company we use, (T&Cs apply).

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Secure Packaging: Pack your PS4 in its original box if possible, otherwise a sturdy box with ample padding, so it can’t get damaged during transport.
  • The courier only works on weekdays.
  • They will collect between 8am and 5pm, please make sure is someone is available at this address during these hours.


Come directly to us:

  • Drop-Off Option: If you prefer, bring your PS4 directly to our repair center at 6 Bester Street, Witfield, Boksburg. Be sure to check our current office hours beforehand.

  • Clear Communication: No matter which method you choose, we’ll keep you informed about the status of your repair every step of the way.

Questions? Check out our Collection and Delivery FAQs: for more details!


  • Can Console Service Centre fix my PS4 (or other console)? We specialize in repairing PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series consoles that are out of warranty. Our experienced technicians can diagnose and fix a wide range of problems.

  • How do I get my console repaired?

    • Repair Costs: Take a look at our PS4 repair costs here.
    • Book a collection: If you’re happy with our prices, we’ll collect your console from anywhere in South Africa, with the courier company we use (T&Cs apply). Book in your collection here.
    • Drop off in person: Bring your console directly to Console Service Centre at 6 Bester Street, Witfield, Boksburg.
  • How long will it take? Most repairs are completed within 1-3 working days, although complex issues or busy periods may require more time (up to 7 working days).

  • What makes Console Service Centre different?

    • Quality: We use the highest quality parts for long-lasting repairs.
    • Guarantees: A 6-month money-back warranty AND a 7-day satisfaction guarantee.
    • Speed: Industry-leading turnaround times keep you gaming.
    • Trust: South Africa’s most trusted console repair company, with over 885+ excellent reviews.
  • Who is behind Console Service Centre? Founded in 2011 by Shaun Potgieter, an expert with 12 years of experience, Console Service Centre was born from a desire for reliable, trustworthy console repairs using top-quality parts.

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