Sony releases official PlayStation 5 teardown – Here’s what we think

Sony releases official PlayStation 5 teardown - Here's what we think

Sony releases official PlayStation 5 teardown – Here’s what we think

Sony has released an official teardown of their PlayStation 5 console, showcasing the internals of their system while explaining why their upcoming console is so large.  

The PlayStation 5 is 104mm wide, 390mm high and 260mm deep, making the console larger than any PlayStation console before it, even their early “Fat” PlayStation 3 models. 

The bulk of Sony’s PlayStation 5 system allows the manufacturer to utilise a large cooling solution, which uses a 120mm cooling fan to manage the system’s thermals while maintaining low operating temperatures. The entire rear of the console acts as an exhaust, while the front and sides of the console act as air intakes. 

Once again, Sony has confirmed that they are using an AMD-based chip with Zen 2 CPU cores and RDNA 2 graphics. The system will utilise 16GB of GDDR6 system memory (across 8 chips) and feature an 825GB SSD with a custom controller. 

Sony’s full PS5 teardown can be viewed below. We have also included some highlights which you may find interesting. 


Here is Sony’s PlayStation 5 sitting on its side, a feat which is achieved using Sony’s custom PS5 stand. This stand supports both horizontal and vertical configurations. 

At the front of the PlayStation 5, Sony has included USB Type-A and USB Type-C connectors for easy device connectivity and controller charging. 
 

Sony releases official PlayStation 5 teardown - Here's what we think  

The entire rear of the PlayStation 5 acts as an exhaust for hot air.  It is recommended that PlayStation 5 users keep their system in an area which has access to plentiful airflow. 

Sony releases official PlayStation 5 teardown - Here's what we think  

The sides of the PlayStation 5 can be removed without tools, making these plates easy to replace and customise. It is only a matter of time before custom PlayStation 5 sides are release, be it officially or unofficially. 

Sony releases official PlayStation 5 teardown - Here's what we think  

Below we can see the PlayStation 5’s 4K Blu-ray drive, which has been custom-made to fit within the PlayStation 5’s unique form factor. This addition will not be used with Sony’s PlayStation 5 All Digital systems, which offer customers a slimmer form factor and a £90 price reduction. These benefits come at the cost of being unable to utilise disk-based games. 

This drive is mounted using two later of insulating material, which should prevent disk vibrations from creating recessive noise during gameplay or game installs. 
 

Sony releases official PlayStation 5 teardown - Here's what we think  

The PlayStation 5 is cooled using a large heatpipe-based heatsink. This heatsink allows Sony to dramatically lower the noise levels of their PlayStation 5 system over their older PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro models. 

Lowering noise output has been a critical aspect of the PlayStation 5’s design process, resulting in the PlayStation 5’s size increase when compared to the company’s older systems. 

Sony releases official PlayStation 5 teardown - Here's what we think  

Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will utilise a Liquid Metal solution as their thermal interface material, as this allows their system to benefit from increased thermal transfer efficiency and a cooler running system.

Had Sony used the same thermal paste as prior PlayStation consoles, Sony’s PlayStation 5 would run hotter and possibly require a louder fan profile to deliver the same thermals under load. Sony has taken cooling very seriously with their PlayStation 5.  

Sony releases official PlayStation 5 teardown - Here's what we think  

 
Below is a look at Sony’s custom 825GB SSD solution and the company’s custom SSD controller. Sony’s SSD performance represents a large portion of what makes the PlayStation 5 a true generational leap over PlayStation 4. This SSD solution provides developers with the hardware they need to deliver faster load times and load new assets into games almost instantly

Sony releases official PlayStation 5 teardown - Here's what we think

 
Sony has confirmed that their PlayStation 5 console will use a power supply that’s rated at 350W. At this time we do not know how much power the PlayStation 5 will consume under load, though it will be under this 350W limit. 

Sony releases official PlayStation 5 teardown - Here's what we think  

  
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