Like most of the world, we here at Ars are still waiting for our first hands-on experience with the PlayStation 5 ahead of its scheduled release next month. But over the weekend, a handful of Japanese journalists and YouTubers got to try Sony’s new system and revealed a few new tidbits about its hardware and design.
The most welcome news – at least for those used to the “jet engine” fan noise sometimes found on the PS3 and PS4 – is that the PS5 seems to stay relatively quiet, even with continuous use. Dengeki Online (Google Translate) noted that “it was very quiet” after playing for hours in a warm room, with no apparent heat felt on the surface of the system itself.
AV Watch (Google Translate) similarly noted that “main unit operating sound” [is] now smaller than [that] from PS4″, as was the sound of pressing buttons on the DualSense controller. And 4Gamer (Google Translate) confirmed that “the exhaust was soft and I could barely hear the spinning sound of the fan.”
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AV Watch also noted that there is an LED “in the gap between the white body and the black part” of the PS5 itself. That’s apparently used to show the current state of the system: blue when the system is plugged in and white when the system is on, just like the PS4.
The PS5’s new DualSense controller (the only controller that works for most PS5 games) also has colored lights – these accent LEDs can shine blue, red, green, or purple through the small openings to the left and right of the trackpad area. in the center of the controller. In addition, the DualSense has four LED lights that shine under the trackpad to indicate which player number belongs to that controller.
4Gamer also notes that “you can see some metal parts through the opening in the top inlet” of the system itself. There is already speculation that this metal “lock” is being used to access the system’s interior to install approved M2 SSDs for storage expansion, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
The Japanese press has not been shown the new system-level UI of the PS5, which PlayStation VP of UX Design Matt MacLaurin had previously promised to be a “100 percent overhaul of the PS4 UI” that “shows some very different new concepts.” That means the journalists haven’t been able to test the system’s “quick resume” game-switching or new social sharing features.
But AV Watch notes that the system interface and games are now standardized to use the X button to confirm selections and the O button to cancel them globally. On previous PlayStation systems, those options were reversed in Asian markets.
A few other tidbits about the hands-on event controller:
- In addition to a microphone hole on the back of the controller, there is a small paperclip-sized hole called a “reset port.” It’s unclear from the coverage what exactly this is for, but it seems it can reset a controller to factory settings.
- The controller has a small mute button below the PS logo to mute the built-in microphone.
- The analog sticks on the DualSense are “surface treated to prevent finger slipping,” as 4Gamer puts it.
If you’re looking for a more active look at the PS5, Famitsu has a number of videos showing close-up use of the DualSense controller, as well as live video footage of Astro’s playroom and god drop†
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