Removing the outer panels also gives access to the system’s PCIe storage expansion slot. You’ll need a screwdriver to remove the small panel that protects this slot, but otherwise it seems relatively easy to access, especially compared to the internal storage on previous PlayStation consoles. The system’s 825GB of built-in high-speed storage is contained on a separate custom-controlled chip directly on the motherboard, though.
Because the system CPU runs at a “very high clock speed,” Sony says a new liquid metal thermal conductor was needed to “ensure long-term stable high-cooling performance.” Along those same lines, the system’s massive heat sink uses a heat pipe which Sony says has a “shape and airflow [which] make it possible to achieve the same performance as a vapor chamber.” That’s talking point is likely a direct reference to the Xbox Series X, which uses an actual vapor chamber for its cooling system.
A few other interesting tidbits revealed in the teardown:
- The system sports four USB ports, one of which is a Type-C connection and the rest the older, rectangular Type-A standard. Of the Type A ports, the two on the rear provide USB 3.1 “SuperSpeed” 10Gbps connections, while the one on the front is a USB 2.0 “Hi-Speed” connection of just 480Mbps.
- The system’s Ultra HD Blu-ray drive is self-contained unit that looks to be easily removable and replaceable, with “two layers of insulation to reduce drive noise when the discs spin,” Sony says.
- Sony says the increased size of the PS5 over the PS4 allows for “a dramatic improvement in terms of processing power and quietness.”
- The PS5 power supply draws 350W of power.
- The PS5 makes use of Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 for its wireless connections.