The outside of the PlayStation 5 has been a popular point of discussion, but today, Sony showed us what's on the inside of the new console. The first full teardown of the PS5 arrived this morning, showing some of what makes the PS5 tick.
One big note is, well, the size of the console itself. It's a pretty big piece of hardware. A fair amount of real estate is going towards cooling, which seems like a focus according to today's accompanying PlayStation blog written by EVP of Hardware Engineering and Operation Masayasu Ito.
"We felt it was inevitable to make a generational leap in terms of performance in order to deliver a new, next-generation gaming experience," Ito writes. "However, to do so, we had to balance every aspect of the system, from focusing on reducing the noise level to enhancing the cooling capacity, more than ever before."
Inside the console is a massive cooling fan that draws from both sides, a big heatsink, a liquid-metal thermal conductor, and designated dust catchers. Even the back of the console itself is one large exhaust port. Hopefully, the days of my PlayStation sounding like a jet taking off are in the past.
What looks a little more fussy is the base of the PlayStation 5. The console has a removable base, as demonstrated by Sony's Yasuhiro Ootori, which can be used to sit it upright or lay on its side. You'll have to tinker with a wrench and screw to do so, and I'm personally a little concerned every time I have to do that. Xbox had a little bit of fun with the shift from vertical to horizontal, too. The console wars continue, I guess?
One last important note is the expansion storage slot. After taking off the console's panel, which thankfully looks only as intimidating as taking off the PS4's, a storage slot can be located and opened with a screwdriver. Sony has said that approved off-the-shelf M2 drives with PCIe 4.0 support can work, and the process even looks less daunting than swapping hard drives in a PS4. It's not quite as plug-and-play as Xbox's designated drives, but the potential for saving some cash with commonly available drives as time goes on could be worthwhile.
It's nice to see such a full breakdown of what's inside the console, given that the launch date is rapidly approaching. The PS5, both the disc drive-less version and standard version, launches on Nov. 12, 2020.