Many people were surprised by the striking design of the new PS5, which abandons the black box design of recent console generations for bold curves and a striking black-and-white color scheme. While it didn’t take long for players to start making memes about the appearance of the console, others have noted its increased size over its predecessors, the PS4 and even the original “fat” PS3. According to recent quotes from one Sony official, however, it would seem that the size of the console is due to precisely the reason you’d expect: the need to keep the console sufficiently cool.
When one commenter asked on LinkedIn why the console is so bulky–as spotted by VG247–PlayStation’s vice president of UX design Matt MacLaurin replied: “Thermals. This gen is little supercomputers. While the 7nm process delivers amazing heat performance for the power, the power is very extreme.”
However, there might be other reasons for the large size. A leaked patent seems to suggest that Sony is building a cartridge that might work with the PS5. Some observers have speculated that it’s an external solid-state drive that will slot into the console for memory management, but there’s no official word if that’s the case. We still don’t know how much the PS5 will cost, or the PS5’s full line-up of games, but odds are likely that more details will come out over the coming weeks.
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