PS5 teardown video: Sony exhibits off SSD slot and different elements

With simply over a month to go till the PlayStation 5 launches, Sony has lastly given us an in depth take a look at the inner elements of its next-generation console in a teardown video posted Wednesday on the PlayStation YouTube channel.

“Our group values a effectively thought out, superbly designed structure,” mentioned Masayasu Ito, govt vice chairman of Sony Interactive Leisure’s {hardware} engineering and operation division, in a PlayStation Weblog submit introducing the video. “Contained in the console is an inside construction trying neat and tidy, which signifies that there aren’t any pointless elements and the design is environment friendly. Consequently, we’re capable of obtain our objective of making a product with a excessive diploma of perfection and high quality.”

The outside of the PS5, with a two-tone shade scheme and a curved shell that makes the console appear to be an alien spacecraft or a large cable modem, is a wierd and crowd pleasing design. However the inside of the system, as revealed within the teardown video, is extra standard with regards to electronics gear like gaming consoles. That’s to not counsel that the PS5’s inside format isn’t revolutionary or spectacular, but it surely’s not just like the distinctive design of the Xbox Collection X, with its cut up motherboard and stacked meeting of elements, which an Xbox engineer described to Digital Foundry as a “type of 3D Tetris sport.”

a Japanese man sitting at a white table with a disassembled PS5, with all its internal components arrayed on the table

Sony’s Yasuhiro Ootori with a completely disassembled PS5.
Picture: PlayStation/YouTube

The teardown was carried out by Yasuhiro Ootori, vice chairman of the mechanical design division at Sony Interactive Leisure’s {hardware} design division. Within the seven-minute video, Ootori certainly tore down the PS5 completely, exhibiting off and commenting on its elements as he disassembled the console.

“The dimensions is bigger than PS4, however leading to a dramatic enchancment in efficiency by way of processing energy and tranquility,” mentioned Ootori. Sony revealed the PS5’s dimensions final month, confirming that it’s the largest online game console in trendy historical past: In its vertical orientation, the usual console measures 15.35 inches in top and 4.09 inches in width — the discless Digital Version is just below half an inch narrower — with a depth of 10.23 inches.

Sony features a stand with the PS5, and it’s obtained a really neat design. Once you need to rise up the console, you employ a single flathead screw to safe the stand to the underside of the unit. Once you need to lay the console down horizontally, you take away the screw and retailer it in a particular compartment within the stand, which additionally holds a bit of plastic that you need to use to plug the screw gap on the underside of the console. Then, you rotate the stand (to shut the compartment) and clip it onto the rear of the PS5.

Each of the curved white panels that comprise the edges of the console — or the highest and backside, if it’s sitting horizontally — are detachable by customers. You’ll be able to simply pop them off to get to the inside of the PS5.

There, you’ll see the massive double-sided system fan, with a diameter of 120 mm (4.72 inches) and a thickness of 45 mm (1.77 inches), which attracts in air from the consumption vents alongside the console’s two entrance channels and spits it out by way of the again of the system.

“Your entire rear facet is its exhaust port,” mentioned Ootori. This design is sensible, contemplating Sony’s objective of limiting fan noise within the PS5, after the PlayStation Four and the notorious jet-engine quantity ranges that it generally reaches.

If the simply removable facet panels themselves didn’t counsel that Sony needed to make it straightforward for PS5 house owners to entry the inside of the system, one other function definitely does: The highest of the console (in its horizontal orientation) options two small nooks that Ootori known as “mud catchers.” Customers can vacuum out mud that collects in these areas, mentioned Ootori. (That is curious, since most PC avid gamers will let you know by no means to carry a vacuum cleaner close to your gaming rig, since it might probably trigger a buildup of static electrical energy that would fry your laptop; blowing mud away with compressed air is the secure, preferable cleansing technique. However maybe Sony has accounted for this with the shielding contained in the PS5.)

a man pointing to one of the dust catchers in the PS5

Ootori pointing to one of many PS5’s two mud catchers. The opposite one is the triangular gap floating close to the centerline of the console.
Picture: PlayStation/YouTube

On the opposite facet of the console — for these maintaining rating, that’s the underside (horizontal orientation) or proper (vertical orientation) — you’ll see an oblong piece of metallic within the higher half of the unit, close to the system fan. That is the duvet for the PS5’s storage enlargement bay. Eradicating the panel’s single Phillips-head screw grants entry to an M.2 slot for a PCIe 4.zero NVMe SSD, permitting customers so as to add to the console’s 825 GB of inside storage.

The SSD slot is on the identical facet of the PS5 as its 4K Blu-ray drive, which Ootori mentioned is “fully lined with a sheet metallic case and mounted with two layers of insulators to scale back drive noise and vibration when the discs spin.”

a close-up of the SSD slot in the PS5

Sony has to certify particular person PCIe 4.zero SSDs for compatibility with the PS5, each for efficiency and for measurement — not all SSDs will have the ability to match within the PS5’s enlargement bay.
Picture: PlayStation/YouTube

Ootori eliminated the disc drive, a plastic shell, and a bit of metallic shielding to get to the primary {hardware} of the PS5. The motherboard options the console’s 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM arrayed in eight modules round its system on a chip (SoC), which comprises an eight-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2 CPU and a 10.28-teraflop AMD RDNA 2 GPU.

“The PS5’s SoC is a small die working at a really excessive clock fee,” mentioned Ootori. “This led to a really excessive thermal density within the silicon die, which required us to considerably enhance the efficiency of the thermal conductor, also called the TIM, that sits between the SoC and the warmth sink. The PS5 makes use of liquid metallic because the TIM to make sure long-term, steady, excessive cooling efficiency.”

That liquid metallic conductor transfers warmth away from the SoC to the PS5’s large warmth sink, which takes up a lot of the higher (horizontal orientation) or left (vertical orientation) half of the unit. Many of the remainder of that part of the PS5 is occupied by the system’s 350-watt energy provide.

The warmth sink depends on the usual warmth pipe design — it’s not a vapor chamber cooling resolution, just like the Xbox One X and Xbox Collection X use — however, in line with Ootori, “the form and airflow have made it attainable to attain the identical efficiency as a vapor chamber.”

And there you may have it! The PlayStation 5 will debut Nov. 12 in North America, Japan, and different choose areas, with a European launch to comply with on Nov. 19. The usual console will price $499.99, whereas the Digital Version will go for $399.99.

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