My PlayStation 4 Keeps Beeping But It’s Fine, Really, Whatever

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Recently, my PlayStation 4 has developed the annoying new habit of beeping a lot. Not predictably, or consistently, but just enough that I’m always waiting for those next beeps. This is fine, I guess.

I first noticed the problem while playing Ghost of Tsushima a few weeks ago. Every so often, my PS4 would let out three alarmed beeps. This weird situation grew to include — sometimes, but not always — the whirring sound of the console attempting to eject a disc, even though there wasn’t a disc inside it. This happened randomly whenever the console was on, including when it was in rest mode.

Now, I’m a savvy modern person who deals with technology professionally, so I turned to the internet and searched “PS4 three beeps wtf.” I discovered this is a fairly common problem, which means countless PS4 owners have devised some possible fixes for it. I tried turning the PS4 off and on again, awkwardly pressing the ridiculous little notch that passes for its power button. I followed a YouTube video to carefully open the console and tighten the eject screw, which made me feel like a cool hacker instead of an anxious old man kneeling on my floor mumbling “I don’t think this part comes off” about a part that clearly comes off. Neither fix did anything, nor did snapping “Hey, shut up!” at my console whenever it beeped. These days, I just wear headphones so I can’t hear the beeping, and I turn the console off instead of leaving it in rest mode.

This isn’t a solution, of course. It’s occurred to me that if I ever put a disc in the console, my PS4 choosing to eject it will present a problem more dire than a relatively mild but annoyingly unpredictable sound. I could try to get Sony involved, but I doubt it’s under warranty since I bought it cheaply years ago from a friend who got a Pro. My plan, apparently, is to wait until the PS5 comes out, when I can either get one of those or finagle my way into someone’s previous-gen discard.

Like I said, this is a common problem that’s been known about for years. Several of my colleagues said “Yeah, that happens” when I first told them about it. I’m mostly a PC player, and I feel an undeserved smugness about largely being the cause of, but also the solution to, most of my PC’s problems. I grew dramatically indignant at console players’ resignation. “How do you live like this?” I raged. “Why would you just accept a machine that randomly decides to freak out?” None of this endeared me to my console-playing associates, nor did it stop the beeping.

I can’t really rest on my PC pedigree, though. When I built my gaming PC, I used a cheap case fan that soon began rattling when the machine starts up. It’s a disturbing sound, but it goes away after the computer’s been on for a bit. When it first started happening, years ago, my roommate at the time diagnosed the problem immediately and even gave me a replacement fan, which I’ve never installed. I’ve moved the new fan between apartments, sitting it near my PC and thinking “Yes, one day,” but that’s as far as I’ve gotten. I’ve even grown to like the sound — I can walk away after booting up my computer, and I know that when the rattle dies down, my computer’s finished the various startup tasks I’ve never gotten around to streamlining and is ready to play. I’m not a big hardware guy; my passion for my machines extends as far as them letting me do the things I want to do on them, so while I know I would have a more optimal PC experience if I took 10 minutes to replace the fan (as well as go through the host of meaningless programs Windows updates have decided I need on boot), I’ve just incorporated it into my life. I can do the same with my PS4’s beeps.

“This is how you live now,” I tell myself gravely when I accidentally nudge my PS4 to life and it whirrs and beeps with gusto. I try to rationalize it: I live in New York City, which is a pretty noisy place to live, so one more noise isn’t going to kill me. Social distancing has made my life pretty boring, so the unpredictable nature of the beeps adds some spice to my day. It’ll only be a few more months, maybe. I can still play the damn thing, as long as I never decide to pop Horizon Zero Dawn or Bloodborne back into it. At least it’s not the constantly malfunctioning Xbox my sister bought her kids, which she’s sent to Microsoft several times and still can’t be counted on to work consistently. Beeps are a small problem in the grand scheme of things. Hell, I even got a blog out of them.

So I just let my console make its noises, the way my neighbours (hopefully) tolerate me occasionally shouting to myself or playing the same old gospel hymn on my guitar for hours late at night. However, in the course of writing this article I learned there’s a rubber piece I can apparently pry off the bottom of my PS4 that might solve the problem, so now I keep turning the console over suspiciously, trying to work up the motivation to permanently dismantle a minor part of an object I need for my job. It probably won’t work, and then I’ll have the problem of the beeps and a random bit of rubber I’ll try to not lose but will inevitably lose anyway. No, I’m happy my PS4 has found itself the enjoyable hobby of chirping like a pet bird, and I’m learning to appreciate the Zen-like acceptance the beeps help me practice.

(Tell me if you’ve found an actual fix for it, though.)

Comments

  • Ah yes the annoying eject beep… my ps4 got that as well.

    Its a very stupid design flaw because of the way the position of the eject button is on the middle of the gap in between the console where incidentally there is also a rubber bit/base there for when u keep the ps4 on the horizontal. The weight of the console eventually pushes this rubber bit in that it will inadvertantly “push” the eject button causing these beeps.

    Ive tried all the fixes and aside from keeping your ps4 in the vertical the only perma fix was really taking off that rubber bit. It doesnt really do anything except for i assume balance but being on the horizontal it wont affect much.

    I would say just take the extra few seconds to pull that rubber bit out before the problem gets worse and the console starts ejdcting disks mid game which has happened to me

  • My version of this issue was caused by static.
    If yours is the same unplug your ps4 and then power up the console WITH the power cord not connected.
    Keep doing it till your ps4 stops lighting up /making beeps and your should be good for 3-4 months (can’t be bothered doing a proper fix as ps5 coming up)
    Hope that helps 🙂

  • Yeah, I’m having this exact problem at the moment. Except I do use discs, so every half hour the console spits Tsushima at my head. We have two PS4s in the house so the plan was for me to upgrade to my husband’s Pro once the 5 comes out, so now I just stare at my console every day yelling “PLEASE LAST FOR THREE MORE MONTHS”. It hasn’t helped.

  • The only solution is a real permafix – rubber bit, screws, etc won’t help.
    You need to open it and use some electrical tape to cover the metal bit that presses the eject button. My theory is the metal piece gets too hot, expands and touches the eject plate to complete the circuit.
    You have to eject discs using the menu only from there but you’ll never get a beep again.

    This tutorial (which NEVER showed up for years of searching) solved it.
    https://youtu.be/BB1RHi8HojY

    • Yep, this is the only permanent fix. I’ve done this now to well over a dozen PS4s and none have had the problem re-occur. You might be right that it is heat, but either way, this definitely solves the problem.

  • I put a 1.5TB Seagate into my PS4 Pro and it started beeping randomly. Googles random PS4 beeping, apparently if you install a 1.5TB Seagate HDD you can pretty bank on random beeping, common problem, wtf Sony.

  • I got this a few years ago. Most of the solutions based around holding the power button down after turning it off worked only temporarily and even pulling the rubber bit out wasn’t 100% successful though it got close. Eventually the button just died and stopped working but the beeping and constant attempts to eject did too.

    Luckily by then I’d already gone fully digital with the device but the software eject is still available should I decide to play anything on disc.

  • I pulled out the foot under the eject button, trimmed a tiny bit (about 1mm) off the retaining prong, and refitted. Hasn’t happened since.

  • I had this issue for a little while (although it would only beep and eject every so often, maybe three or four times per week). Read somewhere that it was an overheating thing and that I should try raising the console up off the surface to reduce the temperature. I put it up on a few stone beer coasters and haven’t had the problem since, although not sure if that’s just a coincidence…

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