PS5 USB Connectors are Reportedly Melting at EVO 2023

At this year’s Las Vegas EVO, there have been multiple reports of issues with the consoles, particularly the PlayStation 5, including subpar performance, and melting USB connectors.

Earlier this year, it was reported that EVO would use PS5s for only one game, that would be Street Fighter 6. Other than that, all games (Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11, Guilty Gear Strive, Dragon Ball FighterZ, The King of Fighters 15, Melty Blood: Type Lumina and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3) were played on the PS4, as there was no prominent difference for the competitors.

Well, nothing in the positive direction. See, PS5 has had multiply reports of input lag, and latency issues in the past, and this is why most of the people wanted the games at EVO to stick with the PS4 Pro. Earlier, in February, EventHubs wrote that:

Despite the hardware upgrades, many in the community are likely happy to see large events remain on the PS4 Pro for now due to the PS5 having a pretty shaky record thus far when it comes to input latency in fighting games.

And this is exactly what happened. There were a lot of reports of overheating, which was not only causing thermal throttling (leading to lag, and latency) issues, but was also actually meting USB connectors on some participants’ controllers.

In addition to all this, one participant, @Kyoku236HS posted that the USB port actually was jammed when he tried to remove his controller, it just wouldn’t come out. He said that he had to use some tweezers and a screwdriver to get the connector out, which apparently damaged the port on the PS5.

The general consensus is that this is likely due to the hot air from the exhaust blowing straight next to the USB port, causing issues with the connectors. It’s actually understandable given that these consoles are pushed to their limit, and are used really frequently in these events, but isn’t this exactly what they’re supposed to do?

This really impacted the performance of some players in the tournament who were furious at the company, and advised them to come up with a better solution.

This is all we know for now, but rest assured that we will keep you updated as new information becomes available.


Muhammad Qasim

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