Stacking Consoles on-Top of Each-Other

Hi All

Very random question. Is it okay to place 2 consoles on top of each other- ps4 Slim and xBox One X?

I would only every be using one at a time, just pushed for space with a small spot under tv area to place them. There is a wall cavity behind so the back would not be blocked for ventilation.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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  • +23 votes

    I personally wouldn't due to potential heat issues.

  • +3 votes

    Sony and MS should probably have placement instructions online? About how much clearance the systems require on all sides for heat distribution and fan operation.

    I agree, would not stack them unless the companies specifically said it was ok.

  • +6 votes

    I'd be inclined to buy a new entertainment unit before risking the house by stacking hot appliances. Or just use one at a time. Have the cables there for both but just swap in and out as you want to use them.

    xBox website says:
    Place the console in a well-ventilated, relatively cool place and away from direct heat sources.
    Make sure the space around the console is uncluttered. Do not put other objects on, under, or right next to the console. For example, don’t put an object on the top right of your console. This might block its vents and make it overheat.

  • +2 votes

    Console Jenga :)

  • +1 vote

    Give them a little extra space with some feet like this, you won't need the screws

    https://www.bunnings.com.au/surface-gard-22mm-round-screw-in...

    In my experience having the console outside of an enclosure (sitting on to of the entertainment unit rather than in it) makes a huge difference to cooling.

    So if you sit them on top of the entertainment unit, use spacers and only use one at a time, you will be okay.

    You will soon know if you are not, because the console will display a message saying it is too hot and it's shutting itself down.

  • +2 votes

    I'd say there'd be no issue… if only 1 is running at a time, it maybe no different to them being just one unit..

    but having said that, my Xbox used to shut down until I got a side fan thingy off evilbay due to space issues.
    USB Cooling Fan External Cooler with 2 Quiet Fans kinda thing

  • +1 vote

    Thanks everyone for the great feedback. The space is basically a cutout below a wall unit that can't be expanded as it is build into the wall.
    Looks like the best (and safest) option will be to seperate them.

  • +1 vote

    Don't bother with consoles, get a PC and a Xbox and a PS4 emulator.

    Jokes aside, I wouldn't, as others have said. Potential heating issues will risk the systems.

  • +1 vote

    just because they arent on doesnt mean its not going to impede ventilation.
    I would say its a bad idea.

  • +2 votes

    If you stack them on top of each other then they can potentially merge due to heat and end up becoming a “mega console”. This is basic Alchemy 101.

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    Get a small PC type USB fan.

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    I would expect possible performance issues due to air flow being blocked and a slight chance the housing (if it's plastic) on the one that is off could get deformed if the hot air from the one that is on, blows directly onto it very closely?

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    If there's ventilation i wouldnt worry.

    Have a feel of the switched off system after a bit of use, see if it gets warm

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    With the One X I’d go for as much space around the device as possible to allow the case to act as a radiator. I mean, that being said it’s plastic not metal so it won’t transfer that much heat anyway, but all the same. I mainly say that just because of the cost of the Series X, and potential heat issues.

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    I saw the title and thought it was a question from Broden

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    Check where the vents are located, if placing them onto each other blocks the vents then you are going to overheat and degrade the components, potentially causing early failure.

    Consoles have poor vent to begin with, they get away with this by using low end components that don't produce too much heat, and still have an OK lifespan.

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    Don't run them at the same time and you're totally fine.

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      You've done it?

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        I had an xbox one x sitting on a base PS4.

        The question is physically speaking why would it be a problem? If you aren't covering the vents then the absolute worst you are potentially doing is altering the rate at which heat radiates from the plastic casing of the console into the air.

        For example if you put the xbox on top of the ps4. Now when running the top plastic of the PS4 would contact with the Xbox rather than the air. Would this alter the thermal dynamics? Sure, ever so slightly but I can't see it having a major impact one way or another.

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    I had a PS pro on the bottom and the one s on top never ever had any issues !!