PS5 Size: The Original PlayStation 5 Is Much Smaller Than It Could Have Been
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PS5 Size: The Original PlayStation 5 Is Much Smaller Than It Could Have Been

Chris Trout
14 November 2020

It's big, but it could have been BIGGER

The PS5's available to select consumers around the globe and we can finally see just how big it is in person.

Sony's new toy has found many admirers, but it's also been mocked for its gargantuan size, despite how slick it is.

But did you know that it could have been bigger?

The PS5 Could Have Been Bigger

We all know that the PS5 is much larger than any modern console, much larger than any console that has launched in the past few generations.

But, what might surprise you, is that the PS5 could have been even BIGGER. At least, that's what the original drawings say.

PlayStation 5 designer Yujin Morisawa said this in an interview with The Washington Post:

“It’s kind of funny that engineering actually told me it’s too big,”

“So, I actually had to shrink it down a little bit from the first drawing.”

Sony's new console sits at a whopping 15.4 inches.

"I knew it was going to be large because I know how much power there was going to be, so I knew how much airflow you would need and how much space for a heat sink,” Morisawa said.

“We wanted to get it much smaller, so it’s the perfect size right now.”

Morisawa emphasises that if the PS5 had been any smaller it would have less airflow and it would “disturb” players while playing.

The PS5's size is remarkable, but its size allows its internal components to behave efficiently. The PS4 was criticised for the incredible noise its fan made and Sony has acted to rectify this with the new generation.

But the size isn't just practical, that's the design Morisawa intended for aesthetic purposes.

“When you design something, you want to make it feel comfortable. Sometimes it looks like a plant or some animal or some object. I think that’s more comfortable than something weird, or something that they’ve never seen before,” Morisawa says.

The console has been memed since its first reveal and while there are logical reasons for it, it's not going to stop getting ridiculed.

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