PS5 Designer Originally Wanted It To Be Even Bigger

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PS5 Designer Originally Wanted It To Be Even Bigger
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Yes, you read that right.

The biggest console in modern gaming history started out even bigger when Sony senior art director Yujin Morisawa first put pen to paper. “In the beginning, when I started drawing, it was much larger even though I didn’t know what engineering was going to do,” Morisawa said in an interview with the Washington Post. “It’s kind of funny that engineering actually told me it’s too big. So, I actually had to shrink it down a little bit from the first drawing.”

At over a foot tall and weighing almost 7 kg., the PS5 is enormous. Some might say even too big. Kotaku reviewer Ian Walker described the console’s outer shell as “bulbous” but not “so unwieldy as to completely dominate a room’s aesthetics.” Kotaku’s Mike Fahey called the PS5 “drunk” in his head-to-head comparison. “I keep looking over at it, wincing, and shaking my head,” he wrote. Much internet ink has already been spilt referring to it as the Eye of Sauron.

“I tried to sculpt the invisible mass in between the player and the mechanical engineering,” Morisawa told the Post. “That’s how I describe it. There’s something in between hardware and the player, and that should be expressed.”

The PS5 is certainly expressing something.

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Comments

  • I’m honestly still torn on which one to get. While the ps5 is interesting, something about the Xbox is calling me… but I’m still a Sony person. But this generation, the PS5 seems to have a few problems, i.e. storage for one and locking out the second bay for a long time yet coming and not allowing an external drive for game storage and swapping :\ I just don’t know…

    • I figure if you don’t have a high-end gaming PC, the neXtbox seems like a long-term winner, especially if costs are a concern, because of the pure value of game pass and the minor edge it has in performance.

      If you really love the Sony style of exclusive – the God of War / Spiderman / Horizon / Demon’s Souls / Godfall etc – then PS5 will be a winner, especially with not falling noticably far behind the SX on cross-platform titles. The PS+ offering is nowhere near the value of game pass, but if there’s nothing especially appealing on the pass compared to those high-quality exclusives, why bother with it? (If what you’re really craving is a steak, it doesn’t matter how diverse and cheap the salad bar is.)

      None of this is super relevant if you have a high-end gaming PC with which you can access game pass (where nearly all new nextbox ‘exclusives’ are turning up as well), meaning you’re free to go grab a PS5 for your console exclusives. 🙂

    • IMO, if you have played thru the Sony library, be a good time to pick up a Xbox + Gamepass and play thru Microsofts exclusives + whatever they shove up for $10 a month, if after a year or two and you’ve played everything that you want to play and have Sony beckoning you back, trade it in and get a PS5.

    • I feel ya. I’m in the same boat … or was until my awesome family arranged to get me a PS5 for my birthday (a big one). Now I still have the money for a console … which I can use if necessary (AKA the “Xbox/Bethesda exclusivity contingency fund”).

  • Frankly, once you exceed a certain size that the thing no longer fits or works reliably in a standard TV unit, you might as well just do whatever makes the thing work better. Fuckit, if I’ve got to sacrifice space somewhere because it doesn’t fit where my current stuff sits, then go nuts. Make it a mini-fridge.

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