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Sony Boss Explains Why The PS5 Looks Like That

PlayStation executive Jim Ryan says Sony wanted to create a "daring" design that will look good in your living room.


Sony finally revealed the form factor of the PlayStation 5 during its reveal event, and the design was probably not what many expected. The system--both the model with a disc drive and without--sports a futuristic-looking design that is more out-there than previous PlayStation systems.

PlayStation boss Jim Ryan explained to GameSpot sister site CNET that PlayStation's goal with the form factor was to create something unexpected and "daring."

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Behold, the PS5
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"We wanted to do something that was bold and daring almost. We wanted something forward facing and future facing, something for the 2020s," Ryan said.

The CNET report goes on to say, "The PS5's design is meant to demonstrate Sony's belief that the technology inside and the games that run on it are as eye-catching as the outside you see."

Separately, Ryan told the BBC that the form factor of the PS5 is meant to "grace" your living room.

"The PlayStation sits in the living area of most homes, and we kind of felt it would be nice to provide a design that would really grace most living areas. That's what we've tried to do. And, you know, we think we've been successful in that," he said.

This being the internet, people were very quick to mock the PS5's design with some delightful memes.

For what it's worth, Microsoft's next-gen console, the Xbox Series X, also sports what could be considered a non-traditional design. In short, it looks like a small refrigerator.

Both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X are due for release this holiday. Although we finally know what both systems look like, neither Sony nor Microsoft have announced a price point yet.

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