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PS5 Reportedly Able to Run Games Even After CMOS Battery Dies

PS5 Reportedly Able to Run Games Even After CMOS Battery Dies - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 November 2021 / 1,805 Views

PlayStation 5 consoles can now reportedly still run games even after the internal CMOS battery dies, according to research conducted by Hikikomori Media released in a video. 

A PS5 console with an expired or missing CMOS battery is now able to run physical and digital PS5 and PS4 games. However, if the battery is dead or missing, games claimed using a PlayStation Plus subscription will not longer be able to be played. 

The CMOS battery is also known as a system's internal clock and earlier tests showed once it dies, almost all of the PS5 console's games would no longer work. When the player starts a game it compares the internal clock with the date and time on a remote server to make sure the player is allowed to play the game. 

If the battery is dead or removed, the console will ask players to enter the date and time when it turns on. After that it will try to sync the date and time online. This did mean when the PlayStation Network was experiencing issues and the console was unable to connect, no games would be able to be played.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Kakadu18 (on 04 November 2021)

That is very good.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 03 November 2021)

as long as it last the consoles lifespan iz going to be no problemo!

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Leynos (on 03 November 2021)

Spawn Wave ran into some issues with PS5 games but that was a few months ago. Guess they updated it. Godfall and similar games will still be useless

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NextGen_Gamer (on 02 November 2021)

Good news!!!

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scrapking shikamaru317 (on 02 November 2021)

Not decades, plural, I wouldn't think. Generally I would think 10-12 years. They're cheap enough, so it's a question of how user-replaceable they are.

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Leynos shikamaru317 (on 03 November 2021)

8-10 years in consoles

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