Sat. Oct 1st, 2022

Last week, Sony finally gave us our first look at the unique design of the PlayStation 5 hardware, leading to a lot of internet spot (the company also showed some PS5 games, I think). However, for all the ethereal coolness of hardware shots shown on an amorphous white background, Sony’s promo images didn’t provide much outside context to judge the actual size of the PlayStation 5 box (and Sony hasn’t released any official measurements yet, either). provided, in response to our questions).

That hasn’t stopped internet sleuths from getting their best estimates of the PS5’s size, though. Reddit user GREB07 was one of the first to rate dimensions by using standard disk drive sizes and USB ports as a reference. Users on ResetEra did a similar analysis, using the size of the d-pad on the PS5 DualSense controller (which is presumably the same size as on the PS4 controller) as additional context. Twitter user EvilBoris and the folks at IGN added their own estimates using similar methods.

The precise results vary a bit depending on the source – and based on exactly where you start and end with the measurements on the PS5’s wavy design. That said, the consensus estimate puts the PS5 somewhere between 15 inches and 16 inches wide (all measurements in this piece assume a horizontal orientation for the console, for simplicity). That’s easily the largest single dimension for a video game system ever, surpassing the PS3’s 12.8-inch width or the original Xbox’s 12.6-inch width.

The PS5 is also a few inches wider than the upcoming Xbox Series X, which is 11.85 inches in its longest dimension, according to Digital Foundry. But the Series X eventually gets shorter and more compact, with a height (and depth) of 6 inches that easily surpasses the PS5’s estimated 3.5 to 4 inches height at its highest point (the non-drive version is a bit shorter).

An accurate measurement of the PS5’s depth is a bit trickier, as Sony hasn’t shown any footage of the console from directly overhead. However, using contextual measurements from this isometric shot gives an estimate of a console somewhere between 8 and 9 inches deep. Historically, that’s roughly in line with other consoles.

The overall volume of the PS5 is a little more difficult to measure, as the system is not a perfect rectangle. That said, size estimates would place the system somewhere on the order of 550 cubic inches, or slightly larger than both the PS3 and the original Xbox. The Xbox Series X, meanwhile, clocks in at just 418 cubic inches, according to Digital Foundry’s measurements.

Product photos like this also suggest that the PS5 may require a small round base when placed horizontally so that the curved body can lie “flat”. In that horizontal configuration, the system’s 15-inch+ width could also easily overwhelm the storage capacity of some entertainment center compartments, which are generally designed with smaller electronics in mind.

Long story short, if you’re in the market for a PS5 this holiday season, now is the time to break the tape measure.

[Update: It has been pointed out that the Atari 5200 (13″ x 15″ x  4.25″) gives the PS5 a run for its money, but that is mainly because its chassis includes a compartment to store its two controllers. The Vectrex’s 14.5″ x 11.5″ x 9.75″ inch frame also bests the PS5, but that’s only because it includes its own built-in vector display. And the Pioneer LaserActive’s whopping 17″ x 15″ x 6″ frame dwarves the PS5, but that’s mainly because laserdiscs are ridiculous.

In any case, the headline has been updated to reflect that the PS5 is only the largest game console for the last few decades.]

List image by ResetEra

By akfire1

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