Today marks the first time anyone has seen an unclose look at the PS5 directly from Sony. VP of the mechanical design, Yasuhiro Ootori, broke down what features the next-gen console has, as well as opening it up for a view of the internal makeup.
Ootori first showed off the ports on the edge of the system, including a USB‑C port, followed by some attention to the PS5 stand. When the PS5 is vertical, it’s attached to the stand with one screw, much like the PS4. When turned on its side, the screw is removed, being replaced by two hooks on the side of the stand.
The white panels seem easy enough to remove, only needing a corner to be popped up before the rest can be slid off. You can access the PS5 storage from here, with a slot for an additional SSD that you get to without tearing the console apart. This is also were you’ll vacuum dust from the system through special “dust catchers.”
As one should expect, there are a plethora of chips and boards, but there are two layers on insulators for the disc drive. They are intended to both reduce vibration and noise when discs are spinning. There’s also a liquid metal cooling mechanism attached to the board that Ootori says has been in development for more than two years.