PS5 Official Teardown Video Gives Great View Of Internals

An official teardown video shows off how to attach the stand, where to add storage, and even how the cooling works.


Up until today, we hadn't gotten a really detailed and up-close look at the PS5 directly from Sony. That changed with the release of an official teardown video, showing off the ports, components, and massive size of the next-generation PlayStation.

The video was conducted by Sony's Yasuhiro Ootori, who serves as VP of the mechanical design department in the hardware design division. After showing off the ports on the edge of the system, including a USB-C port, Ootori turns his attention to the nifty stand. When the PS5 is vertical, it's attached to the stand with a single screw, similarly to how it attached on PS4. When turned on its side, however, the screw is removed and stored in a compartment under the stand, and two hooks attach the stand to the side.

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Either way, the length of the PS5 and its curved design may make it a little tough to fit into your entertainment center. The PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro also featured the screw-on design for the vertical stand, but didn't require one for placing it flat. Likes most of its predecessors, that console didn't feature curved edges.

The white panels on the side of the system are very easy to remove, only requiring a corner to be popped up before the whole panel slides off. You don't need to use any tools to do so, either, though it appears secure enough to avoid doing it accidentally.

It's here that you'll access the PS5's storage, with a screwdriver revealing a slot for an additional SSD without having to completely open up the console. It's also where you'll vacuum dust from the system through special "dust catchers." That's true next-generation engineering.

As you'd expect, the inside of the console is a bunch of chips and boards, but one interesting component is the disc drive. It includes two layers of insulators that are intended to both reduce vibration and noise when discs are spinning. The PS4's drive could get fairly loud, and coupled with the design of the fan and the console's large size, the PS5 should be very quiet in comparison. Additionally, the SSD in place of a spinning HDD will cut down on noise. It should be even quieter on the Digital Edition, which lacks the disc drive.

The CPU and GPU are both fairly small for their performance, and the GDDR6 is arranged in an adorable circle on the main board. There's also a liquid metal cooling mechanism attached to the board that Ootori says has been in development for more than two years. Coupled with a giant heatsink which he says is as high-performance as a vapor chamber, you'll hopefully never see your console overheat.

The PlayStation 5 releases on November 12 alongside games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Destruction AllStars, and Demon's Souls.

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