The PS5 Is A Big Console For A Good Reason

According to some recent details, the size is due to an increased need for cooling, among possible other reasons.

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When it was revealed last month, many people were surprised by the striking design of the PS5, which abandons the black box design of recent console generations for bold curves and a striking black-and-white color scheme. While it didn't take long for players to start making memes about the appearance of the console, others have noted its increased size over its predecessors, the PS4 and even the original "fat" PS3. That giant size is, according to one Sony employee, because the console generates an enormous amount of heat. With that much power comes a need to keep the system cool, and a huge case was necessary.

When one commenter asked on LinkedIn why the console is so bulky--as spotted by VG247--PlayStation's vice president of UX design Matt MacLaurin replied: "Thermals. This gen is little supercomputers. While the 7nm process delivers amazing heat performance for the power, the power is very extreme."

However, there might be other reasons for the large size. A leaked patent seems to suggest that Sony is building a cartridge that might work with the PS5. Some observers have speculated that it's an external solid-state drive that will slot into the console for memory management, but there's no official word if that's the case. We still don't know how much the PS5 will cost, or the PS5's full line-up of games, but odds are likely that more details will come out over the coming weeks. Most of its announced first-party games are also not going to be ready for launch. However, it should receive plenty of third-party support out of the gate. This includes sports games like Madden and NBA 2K, and presumably the Call of Duty series. Some of these will be cross-generational releases, and certain publishers are also allowing players to upgrade for free when the newer version becomes available.

The Xbox Series X is also a huge console, but it sports a PC-like form factor that is more familiar to players. The console, like the PS5, can be placed horizontally or vertically. It doesn't look like it will require a stand to do so, however.

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Can I downvote GAMESPOT for being shitty and changing the title and date again?

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how many times can gamespot change the title of the article and date but recycle the contents? I think this now the 6 time this has been recylced under different title and date

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@tsunami2311: It's like they're trying to force a meme in a subtle way

Hope they continue all the way up until launch, and make the title slightly more absurd each time, until it gets to "Putting the PS5 In a Smaller Case Would be Extremely Painful, and It's a Big Console, For You"

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The bigger the better. Yeah, it applies to consoles too. They are tools for pleasure after all.

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i just think sony is just bad at making console, not enough strong heat sink or bad air flow on their system, microsoft come in 2nd for heat and nintendo is dead last, never have a heat problems with all the nintendo home console i've owned.

play a whole day with some break rest in between for all 3 (not turn on at the same time), sony consoles when touch, warm up my hands faster than microsoft console, only home console brands that doesn't heat up my hands as fast as those two are, is nintendo's.

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@nintendians: Well PS5 did not deviant much from PS4 design

PS4 lasagna PS5 Lopsided lasagna.

Name hasn’t changed much either, PlayStation 5.

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@systemoverload: well the number in after the name does tell people that's a new console. nintendo thought people would understand the difference in wii and wii u and apparently most people don't.

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@nintendians: That's mostly because Nintendo games always look like they are from a Generation behind. Simpler graphics incur less heat.

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@babaelc: i'm sure nintendo could make the system not heat up quick, if they have a system that rival both sony and m$, remember nintendo tends to hold things back until their really ready to announced it.

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Id love to support Microsoft but their console just foesnt have any games that I like. I hate Halo,Gears of War is ok but not a reason to buy an XBOX. Sony s focus is on story driven single player games and those are what I like. As long as Sony keeps making games like God Of War,The Last of Us and Infamous Ill be a Playstation guy.

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@maccmosley

you do realize single player games are going away right

While you like them they don't actually sell that much by comparison

GTA V 100 Million plus sold

Spider-MAn ps4 12 million sold:

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@anthem: You might want to call CDPR and tell them...I don't think they got that message. Witcher 3 was single player only and was a pretty huge seller. Cyberpunk is concentrating on single player and is looking to be a mega release. Some very successful franchises are very single player oriented.

And, comparing a game with freakish sales numbers like GTA 5 (which, btw, I recall having a massive single player component) to Spiderman doesn't sell your argument. You can't compare MOST games, single or multi player, with GTA 5's sales.

Single player games are definitely not going away. Even multiplayer-centric games that tried to get rid of their single player component (looking at you, CoD) have gone back to including a single player campaign.

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I was thinking it's bigger because it's backwards compatible. Too bad.

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@gwalcott:

nah they don't want to support that

In an interview in 2017 SOny exec stated the following and i quote

"why would anyone want to play that?"

even though they support Ps Now which has a lot of ps3 games streaming to PS4

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Well, this will be interesting to see how the size of the PS5 flies in Japan because I remember one of the reasons Japanese gamers weren't crazy about the original Xbox was because they thought it was too big. I'm assuming everything's OK because it's from a Japanese company this time...

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@UrbanMessiah

Pretty much double standard its only a really good feature when Ps gets it not when Sega and Microsoft have had the same feature 5-12 years prior:

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@UrbanMessiah: There was also that bit about MS insulting one of their most famous game devs, the horrible marketing campaign, and the fact that "X" is considered a taboo character in their culture.

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@Barighm: Where did you get that X was taboo? X (batsu) is used for bad/incorrect/wrong etc. While a O (circle/maru) is used for correct/good/ect as far as grading school work.

It's also used to combine two things together, among other uses.

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3rd + time this has been reposted and title changed..

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@tsunami2311: Here's the 4th then, this is getting ridiculous, not even new bits, just a copy pasted article.

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@darkelf83: Yah it never ending, I made post about on the forums and the whole topic pretty much went ignored. Gamespot know there doing this and there writers are doing this, that there the heads of the site are telling them to do it.

Either way BS They can be bother to write up new news so they repost old stuff with and just change the title and the date and fact they leave the comments that are some times going back months on "article" that posted again is proof there repost old stuff, and they release more articles that "video" reports then actual articles too

I generally check "comment" section to see if article is "REALLY" new

Gamebomb dont pull this crap from what I can tell and there both owned by the same people

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@tsunami2311: usual GameSpot. Just like the stupid Walking Dead article about where the virus supposedly came from. Can’t count how many times they’ve pushed that garbage to the front of the news feed.

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Of course it is for thermals. Instead of actually designing something that transfers heat efficiently they took a large air purifier case and shoved the PS5 in it. I guess if the XSX burns out regularly their strategy is better.

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Does the PS5 have a quick-resume feature (similar to Xbox) or not? I'll still buy the PS5 anyway, but that's important for me to decide between standard or digital-only version. I'll only get the digital version if swapping games is as fast as on Xbox.

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It does have quick resume it doesn't have however quick swap games

So get ready to load up your games one by one:

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@anthem: then, it's a price I will have to pay. I'd rather take some time to swap great exclusive games, than swapping trash at the speed of light.

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People are just so ignorant! What else would it be? The BIG SSD? LOL

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@Bamda: Backwards compatibility

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Could care less about the esthetics as long as it performs well. I personally love the PS5 design and agree with some others that it’s a Day 1 purchase

Sony makes outstanding exclusive titles and I can’t wait to see what they have for this new system

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@catmandu:

Sony have made good exclusives this new system hasn't shown much yet

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This thing looks horrible, if you buy one I would wait couple of years until a redesign.

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@cage_92: people also said the first mac looked horrible back then... opinion is a personal thing.

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@cage_92: or wait a couple years for the price to drop to $299

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@cage_92: I think it looks awesome. I doubt it will be redesigned at all.

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@Bamda: Every single playstation has been redesigned, I doubt this one as big as it is, will not be once they figure out how to do it.

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Why doesn’t it look huge in the thumb nail? Unless that controller sitting next to it is also huge, the console looks smaller than my piece if siht Xbone.

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