PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro have been incredibly successful, but they won’t be remembered as silent consoles. The topic of noise has always been one of the most debated, and it is not surprising to see so much interest from players towards PS5, destined to arrive on the market next November 19th.
During the days spent with Sony’s next-generation console, in addition to testing its features and launch games, we also focused on more technical aspects such as measuring consumption, temperature and, indeed, the noise. To measure this last parameter we placed a sound level meter about one centimeter from the PlayStation 5 body with the purpose of measure the noise emitted, not the perceived one. The reason is very simple: the noise is influenced by many factors, including the distance from the device, its positioning and any reverberation present in the room, which change from player to player. In this way, we have tried to obtain as objective data as possible.
Well, on the basis of our findings we can affirm that the PlayStation 5 noise levels are very good, especially when compared to the very high ones of the PlayStation 4 Pro. In stressful situations, the latter could reach and exceed 70 dB, while PS5 has never exceeded the value of 48 dB, achieved by playing a next-gen game like Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales. With an old-gen but equally demanding game like DOOM Eternal, we found a lower noise level instead.
In any case, it must be said that the PS5 fan produces a slight mechanical noise, certainly more noticeable than that of Xbox Series X, which instead is almost imperceptible. We were also disappointed by the noise generated when installing games on SSD from the disk: even if the dB, and therefore the noise, are not particularly high, theoperation generates very annoying frequencies for hearing. You will most likely not want to play a game while it is being installed on SSD.
PlayStation 5: noise levels
- Dashboard: 25-30 dB
- Reading the disk during installation: 38-41 dB
- Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales: 42-48 dB
- DOOM Eternal: 38-45 dB
You can better contextualize these data by comparing them with those detected by PlayStation 4 Pro with the same methodology. As you can see, PlayStation 5 turns out to be much quieter than the console that preceded itdespite the greater raw power available.
PlayStation 4 Pro: Noise levels
- Dashboard: 58-61 db
- Destiny 2: 63-69 db
- The Last of Us Parte 2: 67-71 db
Are you satisfied with the work done by Sony on the noise management of its new console? For more details, you can consult our PlayStation 5 review. Among our pages you will also find the Xbox Series X noise tests and the Xbox Series S noise tests.