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Launched in 2020, PS5 is amongst the most desirable consoles among gaming enthusiasts. However, gamers often experience technical glitches in it, which might be unpleasant, especially if you are in the middle of an online game or recording your gameplay for professional use. 

Today, we will discuss a problem that concerns a white light on the console, either flashing or solid. This can be frustrating for gamers who have made a considerable investment in their console and may be unsure about the significance of the issue or how to resolve it.

In this article, we will explore the different aspects of the PS5 white light issue. I will also give you some DIY tips you can use to resolve the issue. Let’s get started. 


Why Is There a Flashing Light on My PS5?

Before jumping to solutions, let’s try to understand the issue and its reasons. 

When you turn on your PS5 console, usually you’d notice a flashing white light. It indicates a normal boot process after the console is on, the light goes off. During the start up process which may take a few minutes, the console’s system software is initialized. It is a standard boot process, and no action is required during this period. 

However, if the flashing white light continues for a prolonged duration, it may hint a problem with the console’s internal software or hardware. This is a normal issue and can be triggered by a defective power supply, malfunctioning hardware , outdated firmware, and so on.

How to Resolve this Issue?

To fix the flashing light, you can try the following troubleshooting steps:

  • Disconnect your console from the power source and keep it unplugged for at least 5-10 minutes.
  • Connect the console to the power source and turn it back on.
  • If you see the flashing light for an unusually long period, press and hold the power button for 7 seconds and start the console in safe mode. 
  • Once it boots up in safe mode, select the Restart PS5 option and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Your console should start normally without any flashing light issue. 

If somehow the problem is still there, contact Sony care for technical assistance. There is a high chance the problem is caused by a hardware failure. In that case, you have no option but to take your console to the nearest Sony care. 


What’s the Reason Behind Solid Light on PS5

The next scenario is when your console has a solid white light (not flashing). This indicates that the device is in standby mode. Standby mode is a low-power state that enables your console to perform certain functions such as charging the controller, receiving updates, etc even when it’s turned off. 

Standby mode enables power efficiency without hindering the background processes. This is a common state, and no action is required from your end during this period.

In normal conditions, the light should go off after the device is fully booted. But sometimes when you turn on the console, the white light stays for the extended period. This could indicate a potential power supply issue.

How to Resolve this Issue?

Here are the steps you can take to fix the power-related issue with your PS5 console:

  • Unplug your console from the power source.
  • Disconnect all the external devices, and wait for a few minutes.
  • Reconnect your console to the power source and turn it on.
  • If the solid light persists, unplug all the cables from the console and wait 1-2 minutes.
  • Reconnect all cables and restart the console again.

If the steps mentioned above do not successfully address the issue, it is recommended to contact Sony care or visit the nearest service center.

This video tutorial will help you troubleshoot the issue better:


Final Word

The PS5 white light problem can frustrate gamers, and various factors can cause it. It may indicate an issue with the console’s internal hardware or software, while a solid light refers to a normal procedure that the console is in standby mode.

With the steps mentioned in this article, you can easily counter the problem. If these steps do not resolve the issue, you should contact Sony’s customer support for further assistance.



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