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Photo: Jack Skeens (Shutterstock) The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are big , and you’ll likely need to make room to place one of these consoles in your home theater or on your desk. Luckily, you have options: all PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X models—and the smaller Xbox Series S—can be placed vertically or horizontally. But that raises the question: is one way better than the other? Vertical versus horizontal: Does it matter? Your console’s orientation will not affect performance or gameplay, but there are pros and cons to placing your PS5 or Xbox Series X/S upright, or on its side. In some cases, placing your console vertically helps its fans vent more efficiently, and an upright position gives it a smaller footprint so it can fit in tighter spaces. Placing a console horizontally, however, gives it a lower center of gravity and wider footprint, reducing the risk of tipping, and making it the better option if you have limited space above the console. That said, the “best” way to place your consoles is a matter of preference. Whichever direction works best in your room and gives the console enough space will be the safest option. Games will play identically no matter which way the machine is standing, and as long as it has proper ventilation, there’s no risk of overheating—just, y’know, don’t accidentally place it upside down. With that in mind, let’s quickly go over how to properly place your PS5, Xbox Series X, or Xbox […]