The PlayStation 5 is huge standing at 15.4 inches tall and 10.2 inches deep the ps5 looks less like a gaming console and more like one of those massive old-school encyclopedias covered in two fins of white fondant and resting on a black display plate. To put it another way, the ps5 essentially looks like a pc tower no matter which way you store it or how beat up the box gets during delivery this beast stands out in a living room.
The size of sony’s new console may not be its most exciting feature considering. It has a 10.28 teraflop GPU and a custom 825-gigabyte SSD. But that’s basically all we’re allowed to talk about right now. Similar to Microsoft’s Xbox series x previews sony has laid out coverage restrictions. Before the launch of the ps5 on November 12th and today, we’re only going to discuss how the console looks with the power off and how the new dual sense controller performs in one segment of one demo game.
Size & Weighs
So in order to milk this embargo for everything that it’s worth here’s just how large the ps5 is in comparison to an assortment of household items. Not only is the ps5 physically imposing but it’s heavy to boot with the display plate attached. We’ll get to that in just a second the console weighs 10.2 pounds according to my bathroom scale. The series x meanwhile weighs 9.2 pounds on the same scale which isn’t a huge difference but this is where the industrial design of each console really comes into play. The series x is a solid box 11.8 inches tall and about 6 inches wide on all sides and its weight feels evenly distributed within that contained package. I’ve never worried about dropping the series x while moving it between rooms.
The ps5 on the other hand is difficult to handle. Its length naturally makes its way unwieldy and it feels like a bad idea to grab the console by those white fins. So picking this thing up always feels like a gamble. Luckily the ps5 isn’t a mobile device once you figure out where the console will live in your house you probably won’t have to move it around. Making the weight a relative non-issue one thing that will definitely be an issue or at least a consideration for most folks is that display plate. The ps5 comes with a black plastic disc designed to hold the base of the console when it’s standing upright or to prop it up when it’s resting horizontally.
It essentially makes the ps5 float considering the heft of the console. This extra support is welcome and the display disc definitely makes everything feel more secure to attach the stand to the vertical base of the console.
- Twist open the bottom of the plate to reveal a hidden screw
- Remove the circular tab covering the screw hole on the base of the ps5
- Pop this into the open slot on the bottom of the disk
Next to the screw take away the screw line up. The screw holes on the plate and therefore the console and twist it all at once employing a coin nail or tool. I found the most success in this process by dangling the butt end of the console over the edge of my couch. So I could attach the plate in the open air to store.
It’s definitely sturdier than a dual shock and the clear face buttons look and feel high quality. Plus if you look really really closely at the grips. You’ll see the texture on the back is actually made out of incredibly small squares circles triangles and x’s. The classic PlayStation symbols. It’s a cute touch the main r2 and l2 triggers have a substantial and incredibly smooth range of motion that’s entirely adjustable by developers while the r1 and l1 buttons are wide and clicky. The gamepad has a microphone a large touchpad and motion-sensing technology as well.
Overall the dual sense feels great in the hand and in-game I played through the level of the cooling spring. In the Astros playroom which acts as a demo stage showing off all the new tricks of the dual sense. The haptic feedback was relentless with the controller vibrating and bouncing. In response to every action on the screen and sound effects emanating from the gamepad. There’s some serious haptic hardware in the dual sense and I could hear its gears churning. Over the cute sounds creeping out of the controller’s small speaker. The coolest aspect of the dual sense is its adjustable trigger tension as a default.
The triggers are as easy to press as any other button but this can change at any time allowing developers to infuse their games with new mechanics. In the level of the cooling spring, my character jumped into a robot suit that moved by springing into the air and the tension on the r2 and l2 triggers hyperbolic considerably creating ME press additional laborious to land the jumps. It absolutely was a nice joyful surprise and adjustable trigger tension remains one of my most anticipated features of the ps5.
Ps5 Launch Date
There’s plenty more to unpack when it comes to the ps5 and we’ll be testing this machine and sharing our impressions right up until launch day on November 12th.