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Sony tears down the PS5, shows how it lies flat, panels can be easily replaced

Not keen on having a skyscraper-sized console near your TV? Here's how the PS5 will lie flat.

Published onOctober 7, 2020

  • There is a new official Sony PlayStation 5 teardown video on YouTube.
  • The video shows off the I/O ports of the console, as well as how it lies flat.
  • The white panels can also be removed, opening up the doors for custom paneling.

Today, the official PlayStation YouTube account shared a new video of a PlayStation 5 teardown. The video (in Japanese) demonstrates a few new aspects of the console we haven’t seen yet, including how it will lie flat.

At the beginning of the video, the host shows closeups of all the ports on the rear of the console, which include two USB ports, an Ethernet port, an HDMI port, and a power supply port. On the front, you’ll find a USB-C port and a traditional USB port.

Related: Sony PlayStation 5 buyer’s guide: Everything you need to know

The host then demonstrates how to lay the Sony PlayStation 5 flat. One of the biggest criticisms so far of the PS5 is how big it is and how tall it will be on your entertainment center. Thankfully, the base of the console that holds it up vertically can be removed and then put onto its side. This allows you to lay the console flat without it wobbling on the oblong panels.

Speaking of the panels, they can be easily removed without any tools. This opens up the likely possibility of customizing your PS5 panels and/or buying custom paneling from third-parties. Get ready to see some really cool custom PlayStations very soon.

The insides of the PS5

Once the host gets through going over the outside of the console, he starts opening it up. Most of the components we already knew about when Sony revealed the specs of the new device, but it’s interesting to see how they are all crammed into the chassis.

Related: Will the Sony PlayStation 5 be backward compatible?

The video does come with a huge disclaimer at the beginning about how tearing down the PS5 will void your warranty and put you in danger. However, there aren’t really too many components inside the device and it seems pretty easy to take apart. This opens up the possibility of being able to easily fix your own PS5 should something go wrong with it. Obviously, this would void your warranty, but at least it doesn’t appear that Sony is overcomplicating the device to make it harder to repair.

The PlayStation 5 is in the pre-order stage at the moment, although most retailers are already sold out. The console hits store shelves on November 12 in most countries, including the US, but it will likely be incredibly difficult to get one until the holiday season ends.

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