• November 28, 2021

Global warming has made it too hot to play on my PS5

A digital thermometer showing a temperature of 130 in the desert.

Photo: Patrick T. Fallon / AFP (fake images)

Not long ago, I bought some virtual reality glasses before the next Resident Evil 4 Port. (I have a problem, I know.) Since then, I’ve played a fair amount of VR. Or rather, I was until it got so damn hot that now I’d rather do anything more than put a hot, sweaty VR headset on my face or sit near a large PC to get hot air out.

This summer has seen record temperatures in the United States., even in places that have historically avoided such outrageous heat. Y these heat waves continue to hit millions of people, leading to deaths. All of this is almost certainly a symptom of the Global warming effects, which is throwing our entire planet into weather-related chaos and destruction. To put it another way: shit is bad.

I say all of this to make it clear that the incredible heat that we are seeing right now is serious and is hurting and killing people. Obviously, the fact that you can’t comfortably play video games is very low on the list of problems caused by global warming. But it is still annoying, and talking to other people who are experiencing this heat, it is clear that I am not alone.

I live in Kansas where thankfully we have been able to avoid some of the higher temperatures seen elsewhere in places like Seattle. Still, in this heat, I can’t comfortably play VR games, given how sweaty and uncomfortable the headphones quickly get. When that is taken into account many good virtual reality games Asking her to stand, move, and use motion controls makes the potential customer even less attractive. It’s an easy way to overheat during hotter days like these. It’s a shame because I like to play Virtual reality games like Beat saber; I just can’t do it while temperatures are around 100 or higher.

Man playing VR using an Oculus Rift.

Photo: Oculus / Facebook

It’s not just virtual reality that feels uncomfortable to play during these abnormally overwhelming times. More graphically impressive games on my PC add extra heat to my little home office. The latest consoles also spit out a shocking amount of hot air when you play games that push hardware. The Xbox Series X, in particular, is very effective at expelling burning hot air at a rapid rate. This is great for the console, of course. But it also means that I have a mini-jet engine cooking me alive. At least it’s calm while I melt.

I spoke with some friends who are experiencing similar problems. Some of them are avoiding certain games on specific platforms right now because it’s too hot and because running their air conditioner all day is expensive and bad for the environment. I personally try to limit how often I use the air conditioning system in our apartment, and if I can save some money and electricity by skipping a few sessions of GTA Online, that seems like a good trade-off.

And of course, as the people on that once popular show used to say, “Winter is coming.” Well first fall soon winter. The point is: the coldest and coldest days are not too far away. But as these extreme changes in weather and climate become more common and more extreme each year, I expect the summer months to become an even worse time to use electronic devices that produce tons of heat. Of course, as things get worse, being able to comfortably play games will likely become one of my lowest priorities behind things like finding water, staying calm, and fighting off wandering bandits looking for whatever resources they can find. Still, I will miss video games.

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