Sony published a seven-minute teardown video of its upcoming PlayStation 5, giving us a look at the console, all of its internal parts, and its removeable sides. Mechanical Designer for Sony Yasuhiro Ootori is seen in the footage above, where he introduces the hefty console‘s USB-A, USB-C. LAN, AC, and HDMI ports. He also reveals that the entire rear is dedicated to exhaust air from inside the console.
The base holding the PlayStation 5 is screwed in when its vertical and must be clipped to the side of the console if users want to flip it horizontally. The white panels on the console can be lifted off to reveal the main cooling fan, which draws air from either side. Otori also revealed the console will be using two dust catchers that can be vacuumed out through two holes.
An M.2 slot for expandable storage can be find underneath the side panels, the Blu-Ray drive can be easily removed, and the processor, memory, and SSD are as easily accessible as its 350-watt power supply. After 2 years of development, Sony has introduced liquid metal cooling to its console, tested to serve as a long-term solution. It’s a thermal conductor that sits between the SoC and heat sink is expected to significantly help with the cooling performance.
“We’ve also highlighted the mechanism in the video that we’ve incorporated into the PS5 console to make the operating sounds even quieter,” said Masayasu Ito, head of hardware engineering and operation at Sony Interactive Entertainment in a blog post. “After an extensive and complex trial and error process, we were pleased with the end result and I can not wait for our fans to get their hands on the PS5 console and ‘hear’ it for themselves.”
The PlayStation 5 will be available in the U.S. November 12 for $499 USD ($399 USD for the Digital Edition), with a launch in Europe and other parts of the world on November 19.
In related Sony news, the PlayStation 5 in Japan will swap the use of X and Circle buttons.