Yasuhiro Ootori, VP of mechanical design at Sony Interactive Entertainment, took apart the console piece by piece and described the functions of each part in a taped demonstration on PlayStation’s official YouTube channel.
So let’s address the obvious detail straightaway: the PlayStation 5 is big. At 14.1 inches wide, 15 inches high and 10.2 inches deep, it’s significantly larger than the PlayStation 4. Sony assured that the extra size makes the PS5 both more powerful and quieter than its predecessor.
PlayStation fans are probably grateful for that latter claim. The PS4 is notoriously loud, even for diligent players who regularly dust out the console and replace the thermal paste.
We don’t know how quiet the PS5 will be but the huge double-sided air intake fan and Ultra HD Blu-ray drive should instill some confidence. To ensure a subtle gaming experience, the Blu-ray drive also comes with two insulators to reduce noise and vibration against the console’s chassis. The new dust catchers should also make cleaning significantly easier.
Then there’s the base. The PS5 has a base stand that keeps the console upright, but if you’d like a more discreet profile, you can also set it down on its side. To do that, you simply unscrew the base (which has a rotating shield to secure parts) and use the cap (which also comes with the base) to plug the screw hole.
After that, all you need to do is attach the horizontal stand by lining it up with the PS5 logos on the side of the case.
The rest of the demonstration was just a hardware flex. The PS5 has an 8 core AMD Ryzen Zen 2 processor, an AMD Radeon RDNA 2 GPU (AMD’s answer to Nvidia’s latest RTX 30 series), USB-A and USB-C ports, 8 gigs of DDR 6 RAM and an 828 GB SSD.
Basically, all of that means the PS5 will run quietly, load quickly (thanks to the SSD) and your games will look very, very pretty. In terms of hardware specs, Microsoft’s Xbox Series X has a slight edge over the PS5.
But the PS5 is also notable for being the first console to use liquid cooling and, coupled with its massive heatsink, it’s most likely going to run as quiet as a whisper.
The PlayStation 5 is launching on Nov. 12 in the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. It will be available everywhere else on Nov. 19.
If you enjoyed this story, check out In The Know’s article on the PlayStation 5’s backwards compatibility.
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