- The entire rear side of the console is an exhaust port.
- A huge, 120mm x 45mm cooling fan, capable of drawing in air from both sides.
- Dust catching ports that have been built to withstand vacuuming.
- A liquid metal thermal conductor to keep the CPU and GPU cool.
- A large heatsink, using a heat pipe that achieves the same performance as a vapor chamber.
It’s a multi-pronged approach to reduce dust build-up and increase expelled heat, which should reduce noise overall (and that’s not confined to heat reduction either – even the Blu-Ray drive has been insulated to reduce vibration noise). Those elements make up the bulk of Sony engineer Yasuhiro Ootori’s explanations during the teardown video – it’s abundantly clear that Sony thought this was a major problem in PS4, and has sought to correct it for PS5.
There’s a case to be made, in fact, that the primary reason for PS5 being the skyscraper-sized object it is down to keeping it cool. Ootori makes clear that the size enables for a “dramatic improvement in performance in terms of processing power and quietness.” The only system element the width of the console is that fan, and the heatsink takes up a huge portion of the rest of the internal space.
It might not fit quite as nicely in your TV stand as previous boxes, but PS5 should at the very least be quiet once it’s in there.
PS5 will cost US$499 / £449 / AU$750 for the full edition, and US$399 / £359 / AU$600 for the digital edition. It will arrive on November 12 in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea and November 19 in all other territories.