PS5's Original Design Was Even Bigger
The PlayStation 5 is a big console, but the original plan was for it to be even larger.
The PlayStation 5 is a very large console, but it was originally envisioned as an even bigger machine. The person who designed the look of the console, Yujin Morisawa, told The Washington Post that his initial drawings of the console were even larger than the final product.
"When I started drawing, it was much larger even though I didn't know what engineering was going to do," Morisawa said. "It's kind of funny that engineering actually told me it's too big. So, I actually had to shrink it down a little bit from the first drawing."
At the onset of designing the machine, Morisawa said he knew the PS5 had to be physically larger than the PS4 because of its internals and the need to create space for air flow and the heat sink.
"We wanted to get it much smaller, so it's the perfect size right now," Morisawa said. "If I made it thinner, there would be less air flow to it. It would disturb the player while they are playing. Form-factor wise, I drew a perfect line around it and tried [to] hit the perfect size."
The full interview is well worth a read, as it offers informative and entertaining insight on the thinking behind the design of the PS5--go read it here.
For more on the size of the PS5, check out GameSpot's video above where we compare it to the size of every other PlayStation console that came before it. You can also see side-by-side comparison images here.
GameSpot's PS5 review said the console represents a promising start to the next generation.