PlayStation 5: Sony Explains Why The Console Is Huge

We got a fairly detailed reveal of the PlayStation 5 recently. In my opinion, the design looks gorgeous, but not everyone seems to be on the same page about it. However, one of the things that slowly dawned on people was the size of the box itself.

The PlayStation 5 Is Going To Be A Big Box

Reddit user u/GREBO7 posted an image which compared the sizes of many of the recent PlayStation and Xbox consoles. These include the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox Series X, Xbox One X and others. He used the standard sizes of the disc drives and USB ports to estimate the size of the PlayStation 5 system.

PlayStation 5 UX Designer Explains The Need For Its Size

As the image itself shows, the PlayStation 5 is significantly larger than the PlayStation 4. It’s also taller than the Xbox Series X. Matt MacLaurin, the vice president of UX Design at PlayStation, explained the reasoning behind its size.

“This gen is little supercomputers. While the 7nm process delivers amazing heat performance for the power, the power is very extreme. This tech is still so fresh it throws a lot of heat so we need room to dissipate,” he said in some comments on his LinkedIn page.


PlayStation 5’s Size Shouldn’t Be A Shock

We should’ve seen this coming. Even at first glance, the PS5’s DualSense controller appeared to bulkier than the DualShock 4, which is the PS4 controller. So, the PS5’s size shouldn’t be surprising. There is good news for PlayStation 4 owners, though. The PS5 is backwards compatible. So, their PS4 games can take advantage of this extra power.

We’ll see if Sony is beefing up their PlayStation Network service along with the hardware, though. Especially considering the fact that they’re releasing a Digital Edition of the PS5.

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