How To Switch PS5 From Vertical To Horizontal Orientation
Unlike previous PlayStation consoles, you'll need to do a little bit more work to switch the orientation of the PS5.
Like the previous three generations of Sony consoles before it, the PlayStation 5 is capable of being placed in either a horizontal or a vertical position. Unlike those consoles, though, this one doesn't require a separate stand attachment. Instead the console comes with an attachment that lets you flip it back and forth at will, albeit with a little more work. It isn't as simple as it was in the past, but in just a few steps, you can get the PS5 positioned how you want it to be.
Here's a breakdown of how you'll be able to easily place the PS5 in an orientation that suits your personal taste and size requirements.
How to flip the PS5 console from vertical to horizontal
Remove the screw
Once you've disconnected the HDMI and power cables from the console, you're ready to begin. In its default vertical position, the PS5 base is held on by a single screw. You'll need a flathead screwdriver to unscrew the base, or if you aren't near your garage, you can always make do with a dime or a penny to get the job done.
Store the screw in the base
Once you've removed the base and the screw holding it in place, you can store the little bolt inside of the stand itself. A small compartment can be found underneath the stand, and the screw can be pushed into a special slot that will keep it securely in place. Don't forget to do this, as you're likely to misplace the screw if you store it somewhere else. This way, it's always right with your system if you want to change the position again.
Use the provided cap to plug the screw hole
The compartment also contains a small black cap that can be removed and used to plug the gap that the screw left behind in the base of the PS5. It's another easy fit that will cover up any unnecessary gaps in the PS5. If and when you want to switch it back to the vertical orientation, you can remove this plug and place it back inside the stand, where it will click in place.
Rotate the stand
While the screw won't rattle around the stand when it's locked into place, you can go a step further and rotate the stand, revealing a hidden door that covers up that compartment.
Insert the stand in line with the console marks
Align the two clips of the stand onto the PS5 as shown in the image above. Another easy fit, you'll know that you've attached it properly when the stand clicks into place and feels firm. However, keep in mind that it isn't "locked." You need to be relatively gentle when you set down the system in the next step.
Place the PS5 console on its side
Flip the PS5 console onto its side, reconnect all the cables and switch your television on. You're ready to play a few next-gen games now that the console is positioned in a sturdy and horizontal format.
Sony recently shared a more detailed teardown on the PS5 console that was conducted by Yasuhiro Ootori, vice president of the mechanical design department in the hardware design division. The PlayStation 5 is available, and you can check out our complete launch guide on Sony's next-gen system. You can also use our PS5 order guide to buy one.