Your opinion: Sony made flexible choices but comes with a well-engineered product

After a long wait and with the launch of the PlayStation 5 around the corner, Sony has finally launched a teardown movie of the week. Yasuhiro Ootori has shown the inside of the PlayStation 5 in a beautiful setting. And what a lot of interesting things we saw in that video. So we finally know why the PlayStation 5 is such a beast of a console. The cooling speaks volumes and that is also the most interesting thing about the PlayStation 5 in this teardown.

The cooling was discussed several times this year, especially in the media. It started with a leak from Github stating that the GPU, codenamed Oberon, would be about 9 TeraFlops GPU for the PS5. With the confirmation of the Xbox Series X’s 12TF, the messages got more interesting. The 9TF ‘from Sony’ still became 10TF, but there were also reports on the left and right that the cooling was a problem. Much was based on rumors and what is true or not we will never really know, or maybe at a later time. But it is not very strange, especially now that we have seen the inside.

The thing is, Sony has opted for a higher clock speed (or at least a variable, so that the initial clock speed can be higher), which of course results in higher temperatures. So Sony needed something that would enable them to do that responsibly. A larger heatsink with a better fan is of course self-evident, but attaching the parts together had to be more efficient than what was previously common. An old technique that we know from the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro is of course the use of thermal paste. This dries up over time, requiring more cooling. Applying new paste every now and then is not a luxury in this case. But that does mean messing around in the console and many logically do not dare to do that.

The first PlayStation 4 Pros almost took off towards the universe at one point, partly thanks to the loud cooling fan, but the thermal paste also contributed to this problem. Sony seems to have learned from this and indirectly admits that the PlayStation 4 Pro was not exactly flawless when it comes to cooling. This is reflected in the PS5, because the heatsink is very large and instead of thermal paste, use is now made of ‘liquid metal’, or liquid metal which does not easily dissolve or needs to be replaced.

The short conclusion: Sony has put a lot of effort into the cooling system of the console and we are very happy with that. Yes, the PS5 is a big thing, the prickly wires and big motherboard may not be that tight and the Blu-ray player seems to be stuck on it as a last-minute choice, but all in all we can say that Sony will provide us with a beautiful device. And that brings us to the thesis of this Your Opinion. Sony had to make flexible choices, but ultimately comes up with a well-developed product. Because let’s face it, the competitor has also been busy and Sony probably had to make choices that were not initially planned. This can lead to unconventional choices and Sony has also faced a lot of criticism of the current generation, which they have included as feedback.

What do you think? Does the PS5 look good on the inside or don’t you really care? We understand that it is all about the games, but it is of course also important that it is all right on the inside, especially with a view to the longer term. By the way, it is very important that the liquid metal that serves for cooling is well covered, because you do not want it to run out after intensive use of the console. After all, that can cause short circuits and other problems. The teardown showed that Sony has also paid a lot of attention to this, so that doesn’t seem like an issue for the time being. But you never know.

It’s a slightly more technical Your Opinion this week echoing the teardown, which you can check out below if you missed it. Anyway, we would like to hear your opinion about the teardown in the comments and in particular Sony’s approach to cooling.

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