Teardown videos, such as the ones that iFixit specialises in, often give consumers an idea of how difficult a device will be to repair. It also lets them know what components a manufacturer has opted for.
Sony has recently done a bit of both, with the company debuting a teardown video of the PS5 console (disc edition), which naturally piqued our interest given all the attention that the console has received of late.
Added to this, is the fact that no local outlets have gotten their hands on the new console as of yet, unlike our overseas counterparts.
While there is quite a bit to unpack in the seven minute-long video featuring Yasuhiro Ootori, head of Sony’s mechanical design on the PS5, pasted below, we’ve decided to highlight the aspects that we find most interesting here.
The first is that you won’t need to solely stand your console up when using, with the black base it sits on being a screwed in piece of hardware and clips onto the side when placed vertically. As such, you shouldn’t be needing a new plasma unit to house this next-gen console.
Sticking with some of the other design elements, two dust catchers are present on the console and can be vacuumed in order to keep your R12k device clean. Whether this will indeed be the case, remains to be seen, especially as dust is common problem that most stationary pieces of hardware struggle to contend with.
The other important aspect that was touched on during the teardown, particularly for those intending on getting the digital edition of the PS5, is a closer look at the expandable storage, which is an M.2 slot in this case. As such, should you have compatible PCIe drives on hand, you’ll be able to expand the storage capacity of your console when needed.
Next is cooling, which has proved an area that Sony has struggled in for its more recent consoles. For the PS5, Sony is employing a fix of liquid metal and a large 120mm fan to keep the next-gen console running at an acceptable temperature, which we’re particularly interested to see in action. It also remains to be seen what the fan noise is like, as the PS4 is notoriously bad on this front.
If you hit play on the video below, you can watch Ootori disassemble the entire PlayStation 5 console, and lay out all the components (as seen in the header), which as a side note is rather oddly satisfying to watch. Now all we need is a video of him putting it back together again.