The PlayStation 5 is huge, measuring over 15 inches tall and weighing just under 10lbs. However, the designer of the console has admitted that initially it was significantly larger.
During an interview with The Washington Post, Sony’s Senior Art Director, Yujin Morisawa, explained how the initial drawing for the new console was “much larger” than the version that will end up in our homes later this week. Morisawa said, “I didn’t know what to expect in the beginning. I knew it was going to be larger because I know how much power there was going to be, so I knew how much air flow you would need and how much space for a heat sink. In the beginning, when I started drawing, it was much larger even though I didn’t know what engineering was going to do.”
It turns out Sony’s engineers ended up asking him to make the design smaller, meaning they had more than enough space to fit the components inside and deal with the heat. Morisawa believes the console is now the perfect size and that, “If I made it thinner, there would be less air flow to it. It would disturb the player while they are playing.”
The way in which the design process progressed certainly bodes well for the thermals of the PS5. Rather than engineers having to conform to the design, the designer tweaked the design for the engineers. Morisawa also points to the PlayStation shapes pattern on the DualSense controller as an Easter egg which was discovered even before the release of the console. When asked about other hidden details in the design, he simply said, “You’ll have to find out.”