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Watch Sony Tear Down the PlayStation 5

The inside of the PS5 is mostly cooling components and a bit of liquid metal.

By Matthew Humphries

After allowing creators to play some games on the PlayStation 5 last month, Sony has now decided to show everyone what’s inside its new console by performing an official teardown of the hardware.

The dismantling of the PS5 was carried out by Yasuhiro Ootori, vice president, Mechanical Design Dept., Hardware Design Division at Sony Interactive Entertainment. He takes apart the non-Digital Edition of the console, and along the way points out the available ports. On the front there’s a USB Type-A and a USB Type-C, while on the back there’s two USB Type-A, Ethernet, HDMI, and a power port. It’s also interesting to see how the stand is held in place with a single screw, but only in vertical mode, and how easy it is to switch from a vertical to horizontal orientation.

It’s clear that Sony designed the PS5 with user maintenance in mind. The casing on either side of the console can easily be removed and there’s two dust catchers which can be vacuumed out through the provided holes. This should make it easy to keep your PS5 running quietly and at full performance. The casing removal is also important for when we eventually get compatible PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSDs for storage upgrades. As Ootori demonstrates, a single screw unlocks access to the extra storage slot.

Even though that seems to be the extent of “easy” access to the console’s innards, it doesn’t look too difficult to take the whole machine apart. Fan removal doesn’t look hard and could allow for even better dust removal and cleaning beyond the dust catchers.

It’s reassuring to see just how big the heatsinks and heatpipes are keeping the components cool using two large fans, and Sony utilized a “liquid metal cooling mechanism” on the AMD processor to allow for “long-term, stable, high cooling performance.” Now we need to find out how hot it runs, and if like the Xbox Series X, we can expect it to help heat our homes this holiday season.

Originally published at https://www.pcmag.com.

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