Except for the limited previews granted to Japanese Youtubers, until now we had got to see PlayStation 5 only and only through renderings officially released by Sony. Images and videos in 3D graphics that gave an idea of the aesthetics of the console, without actually showing the real materials, the dimensions, the appearance of the machine arriving on the shelves next November 19th. In short, such was the desire to really see PS5 in flesh and blood, without computer-generated embellishments and perhaps directly in someone’s hands, to have precise references on its size.
The wait is finally over: Sony has in fact published on its social channels a video in which Yasuhiro Ootori, engineer of the hardware department, shows the PS5 down to the smallest detail. Even going so far as to disassemble the console step by step to present its characteristics, in a disassembly operation that in addition to making the joy of technology lovers shows a machine designed with utmost accuracy.
A big console, or a big console?
As has been known for some time, PlayStation 5 is an unmistakably great console. Even bulky according to some, but certainly much more voluminous than PS4. It is 39cm high, 10.4cm wide and 26cm deep: important dimensions, which, however, to hear Sony will translate into a dramatic improvement in power and silence.
The front houses a SuperSpeed USB Type-C socket and a high-speed USB Type-A socket, as well as two vents on the top. On the back we find instead two USB type-A SuperSpeed ports, a LAN network port, an HDMI output and a connector for powering through a classic bipolar. Not to mention, all along the back of the PS5, a wide discharge door, essential for the flow of air.
Surprisingly, even the black plastic base, the much talked about element that had aroused some aesthetic perplexities, has some secrets to reveal. By placing the console vertically, a solution that seems to be Sony‘s preferred communication solution, the base screws directly to the machine to ensure maximum stability. On the other hand, horizontally, the base hooks onto the body, aligning it to a mark, after having placed the screw inside the same pedestal.
In the video the engineer Sony easily disassembles the iconic white panels on the sides of the console: the procedure seems to require very little effort, within anyone’s reach. A gimmick that, in addition to allowing you to clean the inside of the PS5 with great ease, would seem to confirm the rumors that spoke of a customizable platform in aesthetics.
If, as you can see, it will be really that simple to replace the panels on the sides of the console, it is safe to bet that sooner or later we will be given the opportunity to customize PlayStation 5 with shells of different colors or themed.
An idea not far from the old faceplates of the first Xbox 360. Just below the white panels are located two dust collector compartments and space to insert future storage expansions: a bay with M.2 interface and Pcle 4.0 support.
In the skilled hands of an expert such as the Japanese technician, the disassembly operation down to the smallest components of a PlayStation 5 in its € 499 version – to be clear, the one with Blu-Ray Ultra HD player – takes about 4 minutes. An absolutely impressive time, especially if we consider both the seconds spent to describe the various features in detail and the simplicity of the tools used.
Learn from the past
The cornerstones of the PS5 project, listening to the words of Yasuhiro Ootori about the hardware, would seem two: silence and cooling, obviously to be accompanied with performances in the name of the most thrusting next gen. The optical reader was coated with a metal foil and covered with two layers of insulation: a trick for limit noise and vibrations even when reading Blu-Ray. Because in both its versions, PlayStation 5 wants to be quiet and efficient, distancing itself from what we have seen, especially on certain occasions, with PS4.
As for the cooling, the large bilateral fan is a first fundamental component. With its 12cm diameter and 4.5cm thickness it will allow PS5 to always remain at the right temperatures, ensuring a constant flow of air through the machine.
The heatsink is also of considerable size, featuring a design that, like PS3 and PS4, uses a heat pipe. However, shape and air flow allow performance similar to that of vapor chamber systems, with a much higher efficiency than the standards of the last generation. It is rather intriguing instead the choice of liquid metal as a thermal interface material for the CPU: a still not very widespread solution, which promises to maintain high cooling performance in the long term.
Overall, the arrangement of the ventilation grilles also looks promising in terms of effectiveness-silence ratio. Considerations largely confirmed by the first hands-on. Definitely, the PS5 teardown video published by Sony reassured us about the solidity of the engineering vision of the Japanese giant, which we hope to be able to test firsthand as soon as possible.