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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


We have an advance preview of the Sony PlayStation 5, which will finally be released on November 12.

This time, we'll only be talking about the unit "unplugged".

We'll summarize the system's software and features, actual game performance, and the cooling system, which was talked about in the teardown video with the large fan and liquid metal TIM, and the sound of it working.

It's big. But it's a condensed body

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The dimensions of the PS5's specifications are about 39 centimeters in height, 26 centimeters in depth, and about 10.4 centimeters in thickness (width) when viewed from the front when placed vertically. It weighs about 4.5kg.

It's taller than the original PS3, which gives the impression of being quite large, well, actually the largest PS of all time, but it's relatively thin and looks slim due to its structure sandwiched between an oddly curved cover.

While it's big for a traditional gaming console, it's rather thin compared to a gaming desktop PC or mid-tower PC. While it's big for a traditional gaming console, it's rather thin compared to a gaming desktop PC or mid-tower. The power supply is also integrated, making it a condensed, compact machine when you consider the performance/volume ratio. Words can be spoken.

It may not fit in a small rack under your TV set, but modern game consoles are compactly packed with PCs, so if they are sealed in a place where they can just barely fit in, the heat won't make them perform and they will fail.

Set it up to look good

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One thing to consider is that the PS5 is a complex shape, so you can't put things on top of it, and it requires a pretty assertive place to be.

Many users who own many consoles will have an Xbox and PS stacked on top of each other, but even though the PS5 can be placed horizontally, the stand doesn't hold it in place stiffly, and because of its weight, we don't recommend putting it underneath or even on top of other consoles, unless it's on something fairly wide and flat.

The attached base is rotatable and can be placed either horizontally or vertically. It is a mysterious multifunctional piece that can store the screw that fixes the console and the lid of the screw hole when you place it vertically.

You can place the pS5 horizontally without it, but it's not stable and you're afraid of tipping it sideways if you place the console vertically. Basically, it is safer to use the base unless you can do otherwise. The product says that you should always use the base.

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It's likely to be placed flat on an AV equipment rack or otherwise placed next to the TV set and claimed as the next-generation machine. More on the operating noise that can affect your placement decision in a separate article.

Capable specification with USB-A and C on the front

Although it is already public knowledge with the official product image, there is USB-A Hi-Speed (the so-called full-size USB terminal) and USB-C in line with the center in the front of the console.

DualSense of the standard controller is the specification that connects and charges with USB-C. Although the attached cable is A-C, I can also connect and charge with a general-purpose C-C cable without any problem. It is competent to be able to insert the USB-C device which spread as it is. USB-C has a higher transfer rate (10Gbps).

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Two USB-A (SuperSpeed 10Gbps), Gigabit LAN, and one HDMI output on the back. The power supply cable is a spectacle-shaped connector. It has become a lonely time when a mysterious extension terminal is not seen.

Simple and complex surface structure. The joy of characterization.

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The PS4 was unique with its slanted, diamond-shaped pyramid-like surface and the housing that looked like a two- or three-tiered sandwich structure. But when placed horizontally, the bottom and top surfaces were flat and still in the "boxy" category.

In contrast, the PS5 has a simple and complex shape sandwiched by a white curved cover, perhaps to make room for the fan to breathe in air from both sides. When you look at it from the back, it has a mountainous "delta" shape, and when you look at it from the front, it looks like a V shape.

It's graceful, futuristic, and organically strong, but if you're not used to it, it can be hard to tell which is the top or bottom, and it can be confusing at first during setup. Remember, the PS logo is always at the top. When placed horizontally, the optical drive slot is in the lower-left corner. When installed upside down, the discs are reversed.

The PS logo on the cover is not a print or engraving, but a "hole" that goes through it like a cutout. So there is no rotation gimmick.

The white covers on the left and right sides look like cheap plastic because they are pure white and thin in the photo, but when you see them up close, they have a fine unevenness to them and give a calm impression.

The outside has a fine-grained matte finish, and the edges are smooth and glossy to prevent smudging, the inside has a rough, leather-like texture.

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What's interesting about the PS5's styling is that there's a section that becomes a "face" when it's placed vertically, giving it a certain character and iconic look.

The thickest part of the black surface that connects the front and top surfaces is surrounded by the cover, just like a white collar, and instead of having a logo or imprint, it has a piano-black gloss and reflection that gives it a look. The SONY logo is inside the white "collar" section.

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A working state LED lights this area on the side of the unit and is reflected inside the white collar.

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If you look closely at the inside of the white cover around the SONY logo, you can see numerous "△○×□" textures. It's a familiar one often used on PlayStation products.

The rough non-slip grip part of DualSense is also this △○□× texture.

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The exhaust slits on the back are not just a hole, it's also shaped like a rib-like spine. The huge heat sink and heat pike are clearly visible.

The black and white, curved organic mechanical look is more reminiscent of the white robots from PS VR and The Playroom / Astro Bot / Astro's Playroom than the PS4 generation body.

It's one thing to think that an exterior design should just work as a box, with no more ornamentation than is practical, but if the size of the box was necessary to ensure the thermal design and other performance, then the PS5's seemingly bizarre and ornate body design does a good job of communicating the world of the next-generation PlayStation, using its massive presence.

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Sony's new DualSense controller, which is the centerpiece of the PS5, will be brought to you in our review article for ASTRO's PLAYROOM, a pre-installed game that is both a tutorial and technical demonstration of DualSense.

Stay tuned for our preview/review of how the PS5 software feels, backward compatibility performance, and the all-important sounds.


This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.