The PlayStation 5 will be very big and Sony explains why

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The PlayStation 5 will be very big and Sony explains why
The PlayStation 5 will be very big and Sony explains why

It may not seem like a big deal, but it is: the PlayStation 5 is almost half a meter long. It has become one of the tallest consoles in history, far outperforming both its predecessors and its rivals. This has, of course, been controversial.

The idea of a console is to provide the power needed to play our favorite games without depending on a much larger (and expensive) PC. The compact format here is completely lost, and it could all remain a simple matter of design. But no; the fact that the PS5 is like this has a reason.

Warmth. A Sony executive has reiterated that the size of this console is necessary to maintain good thermal conditions and that the console doesn’t have high temperatures given the “extreme” power that the PS5 has.

It’s all about heat

We’re not talking about a trivial issue. At almost half a metre high, this console will be difficult to put in one place without it standing out too much. The peculiar format that this PS5 “enjoys” is due to purely thermal issues. However, this is all speculation, as Sony has not revealed the exact weight or size of the console. However, Internet users took care of the rest.

Matt MacLaurin, a Sony executive, responded to a user in a Linkedin thread, obviously wondering about the size. MacLaurin reasoned that temperatures were the cause. “This generation is similar to a small supercomputer. Although the 7-nanometer [lithographic] process offers impressive thermal performance in terms of power, it is very extreme.

We are talking about a console that will have very similar hardware to its competitor, with specifications equivalent to a medium-high power PC. It will be able to move graphics with RayTracing, and its GPU will have AMD’s revolutionary Custom RDNA 2 architecture that will be complemented by an 8-core processor from the same firm with a Zen 2 architecture.

A “compact” computer

The new Playstation 5 controller has a spectacular design
The new Playstation 5 controller has a spectacular design

The main problem comes not so much from its overall size but from its height. It’s taller than the PlayStation 3, one of the tallest consoles in memory, and it doesn’t fall behind in size either. We’re talking about a titanic console that measured 325 x 98 x 274 millimeters and weighed +10 pounds. Something that was improved on the PS4. It won’t be until we see it in its entirety that we’ll be able to determine its height in relation to the Xbox Series X.

 

The Xbox Series X reveal their connections
The Xbox Series X reveal their connections

But if we stick to absolute terms referring to its hardware, its size is more compact than it seems. Unless we move to smaller format components, a PC with similar hardware is more expensive, larger, and above all, heavier. That’s without counting its connections such as the monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc.

Therefore, despite the size of the PS5, both it and the Xbox Series X promise to wage an all-out war on the all-powerful PC. And there’s no shortage of reasons to think that the tables might turn in favour of consoles in the near future.

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