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PlayStation 5's size helps it run cool and quiet

Published: 10:22, 16 June 2020
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PlayStation 5's colour scheme may make it seem thinner than it actually is, but the size has been quite the talking point. Thankfully, the size has its upsides.

While the more portable footprint may be a preference to some, it has indirectly been one of the main limitations of PlayStation 4 consoles. Thermals and loudness are the two most common complaints, and the size of PlayStation 5 is a direct response to that. 

Responding to a fan enquiry on why PS5 is so bulky, Playstation's vice president of UX design Matt MacLaurin immediately pointed at thermals. "This gen is little supercomputers. While the 7nm process delivers amazing heat performance for the power, the power is very extreme", he added. 

For all the high-tech testing methods, size remains a pretty good indicator of the sort of punch a device packs. A system's requirements scale with size, rarely symmetrically, and anyone who's ever had to battle atrocious thermals Celsius by Celsius knows how much finesse it can take, and just how big of a difference it makes. 

MacLaurin is clearly aware of this and he mentioned that the size is a side-effect of the underlying technology. "This tech is still so fresh it throws a lot of heat so we need room to dissipate", he said. 

So, it's not surprising to see that PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are pushing the limits of console form factors, as there's a lot of power to be housed and cooled. 

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If you're still left wondering whether you prefer the new design, ask yourself whether you'd rather have a noisy console whose thermals limit performance and decrease your console's life. If the answer is yes, then drop the next-gen dreams and get a PlayStation 4. 

Thanks, VG247 .

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