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As you may have heard by now, we have received the PlayStation 5 at Ars’ orbiting headquarters, ahead of its official launch on Nov. 12. We’re still limited in just what we can tell you about the system itself until that launch gets a little closer. One thing we can talk about, though, is the console’s design—that is, the physical shell that houses all those electronics.
Sony’s big boy
The most striking thing about the PS5 case (especially the disc-drive-sporting version we received) remains just how big it is. We’ve known for a while that the PS5 was set to be the biggest console in decades, of course. But it’s one thing to know that intellectually. It’s another to see it in your home, dwarfing most any other piece of consumer electronics you’ve ever owned (as you can see in some of these photos).
When you lift the PS5, though, it feels a little lighter than you might expect, given its physical size. At 9.92 lbs, it’s slightly less heavy than the (smaller) launch-era PlayStation 3, for instance. And while the PS5 is heavier than the 7.3-lb PS4 Pro, it feels much less dense than that earlier system when lifted.
That might be because a lot of the PS5’s apparent size is taken up by empty space. There’s a lot of room in between the PS5’s undulating white exterior panels that’s taken up by nothing but air, especially around the rounded corners of the core black casing (and we’ve seen just how that space plays out when the system is taken apart by Sony engineers). The stark contrast between the smooth white paneling and the shiny black interior casing can trick the eye, too, making the system seem a bit sleeker than a simple hard-cornered box with similar dimensions.
Visually, this lets the PS5 cut a striking figure that changes heavily depending on the angle of visual approach. The system is generally symmetrical, but not along the left-right axis that you’d expect when the system is sitting horizontally. It’s the kind of norm-breaking that adds visual impact and interest to the system as a focal point of the room.
Get up, stand up
For what it’s worth, you can balance the PS5 vertically on its side just fine without installing the included plastic stand. With the disc drive near the floor, the system can even take a bit of jostling without tipping over in this configuration.
Still, the stand adds a good deal of stability without adding too much to the system’s physical footprint. The vertical stand is also relatively easy to install in a few seconds with a single screw—a fingernail or a coin will do to secure this in place even if you can’t find a screwdriver.
When set horizontally, though, the PS5’s wavy white shell means the system leans lazily to the side without a stabilizing stand. To fix this, you hook the same vertical stand into place onto a pre-marked location on the edge of the bottom outer panel, providing a nice, flat base for the system to balance on (while letting one side float teasingly above the ground, like the system is defying gravity).
This works well enough, but it feels a little flimsy compared to the vertical orientation. The stand hooks to the outer shell with something of a weak grip, lacking the secure “snap” you might expect for such an important attachment. Without a screw to hold it securely in place, the stand can come loose relatively easily while shifting or rotating the system.
This probably won’t be an issue if, like most people, you tend to put the PS5 down in your entertainment center and leave it in the same place for years at a time. But if you plan to move the system around or change its orientation a lot, the stand could quickly become an annoyance. (Ars Tech Culture Editor Sam Machkovech learned this the hard way, as he has already lost the screw that inadvertently popped out of its storage slot in the stand while he shuffled it around to take photos for this very article. Hopefully Sony has a replacement plan for poor Sam.)
We talk about the feeling of using the PS5’s DualSense controller in a separate piece. From a visual standpoint, though, the controller is a dramatic departure from the solid gray and black color schemes of PlayStation’s past. The two-tone design matches well with the system itself, cutting a striking figure that seems slim, even though the controller is a tad bigger than previous PlayStation controllers.
The visual effect is heightened by the face buttons, now labeled with a dull gray under transparent casing, lacking the four-color coding Sony has used for PlayStation buttons since 1994. It’s a change that lets the controller’s face form a smoother impression from the front, though it’s also a change that may make it harder for newcomers to learn the positions of the buttons without the aid of color.
The PS5 HD camera, Pulse 3D Audio headset, and controller charging station all lean heavily into that same aesthetic of black-and-white plastic with undulating curves. Together, it forms a strong visual branding for the PS5 as a stark departure from what has come before. It’s a futuristic look that could come to be associated with the 2020s the same way wood-paneled electronics have come to define the 1970s.
We’ll have more to say about the PlayStation 5 as a game-playing device in the days to come. For now, though, the system serves as a striking piece of visual design that stands out in any entertainment center that it can fit in.
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