Confirmed: The PS5 is the biggest game console in modern history

When internet detectives revealed the PlayStation 5 was going to be huge, we were extremely amused — but even their fancy Photoshops couldn’t completely prepare us for how enormous the PS5 truly is.

Roughly half an hour after Sony finally revealed the next-gen console’s price and release date ($399 or $499, November 12th) the company released a full spec sheet that includes the console’s dimensions. And it’s a monster.

Quick, what’s the biggest console ever made? Did you say the original 2001 Xbox, or the VCR-sized original Xbox One? Perhaps the 60GB PS3, affectionately dubbed the “Phat”?

Wrong. The PS5 is bigger than all of them.

According to Sony, the PS5 is approximately 390mm (15.4 inches) tall, 260mm (10.24 inches) deep and 104mm (4.09 inches) wide, making it the single biggest game console you’ve probably ever heard of. (I think that makes it a 10.5-liter case, in PC terms.) The model without the disc drive? Same story, just 12 millimeters slimmer.

I plugged the numbers into CompareSizes.com to see how it stacks up to consoles that we’ve previously ridiculed for being absolute chonks:

From left to right: PS3 60GB, Xbox, Xbox One, PS5 Digital Edition, PS5
Visualization: CompareSizes

There’s barely a comparison. The PS5 is so much bigger, you can’t even argue the 3D perspective throws off its actual size. I’m pretty sure you’d need to go back to the days of game machines with built-in CRT televisions, or computers like the Commodore 64, to get much bigger.

And boy oh boy is this box bigger than the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S:

Notice that the 3D tool doesn’t line up the backs of each console. The PS5 is so much deeper than either Xbox.

I don’t even need to tell you which console is which. It’s plainly obvious. Remember when we were worried whether the new Xbox would fit in our entertainment centers?

Oh, and there’s one little tidbit I forgot to mention, which makes this even better: Sony isn’t including the PS5’s “largest projection” or optional base in those measurements, according to its press release.

See those yellow and blue boxes? Now imagine some fins sticking out the top of them.

Here’s a 3D visualization of all seven consoles whose dimensions I plugged in, if you want to spin them around yourself. And in case you’re wondering, the PS5 will also weigh 4.5kg, or about 10 pounds. Dropping the disc drive brings you down to 3.9kg or 8.6 pounds.

Mind you, I loved my 60GB PS3 despite its girth, and I doubt I’ll feel differently about the PS5. The rest of the spec sheet is pretty impressive, too!

I’ll leave it below so you can peruse.

PlayStation®5 Specifications

CPU

x86-64-AMD Ryzen™ “Zen 2”

8 Cores / 16 Threads

Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz

GPU

AMD Radeon™ RDNA 2-based graphics engine

Ray Tracing Acceleration

Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)

System Memory

GDDR6 16GB

448GB/s Bandwidth

SSD

825GB

5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (Raw)

Optical Drive

Ultra HD Blu-ray (66G/100G) ~10xCAV

BD-ROM (25G/50G) ~8xCAV

BD-R/RE (25G/50G) ~8xCAV

DVD ~3.2xCLV

PS5 Game Disc

Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc

Video Out

HDMI™ OUT port

Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)

Audio

“Tempest” 3D AudioTech

Dimensions

PS5: Approx. 390mm x 104mm x 260mm (width x height x depth)

(excludes largest projection, excludes Base)

PS5 Digital Edition: Approx. 390mm x 92mm x 260mm (width x height x depth)

(excludes largest projection, excludes Base)

Weight

PS5: 4.5kg

PS5 Digital Edition: 3.9kg

Power

PS5: 350W

PS5 Digital Edition: 340W

Input/Output

USB Type-A port (Hi-Speed USB)

USB Type-A port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps) x2

USB Type-C® port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps)

Networking

Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)

IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax

Bluetooth® 5.1

DualSense™ Wireless Controller Specifications

Dimensions

Approx. 160mm x 66mm x 106mm (excludes largest projection) (width x height x depth)

Weight

Approx. 280g

Buttons

PS button, Create button, Options button,

Directional buttons (Up/Down/Left/Right), Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square),

R1/L1 button,

R2/L2 button (with Trigger Effect)

Left stick / L3 button, Right stick / R3 button, Touch Pad button, MUTE button

Touch Pad

2 Point Touch Pad, Capacitive Type, Click Mechanism

Motion Sensor

Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope + three-axis accelerometer)

Audio

Built-in Microphone Array, Built-in Mono Speaker, Stereo Headset Jack

Output : 48kHz/16bit, Input : 24kHz/16bit

Feedback

Trigger Effect (on R2/L2 button), Vibration (haptic feedback by dual actuators), Indicators (Light bar / Player indicator / MUTE status)

Ports

USB Type-C® port (Hi-Speed USB), Stereo Headset Jack, Charging Terminals

Communication

Wireless

Bluetooth® Ver5.1

Wired

USB connection (HID, Audio)

Battery

Type

Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Voltage

DC 3.65V

Capacity

1,560mAh

Comments

RIP existing entertainment centers.

I actually tore my entertainment center apart. Now there is just the stand for my 55 inch TV with two shelves, one for XBox One X (or whatever it is called) and my A/V receiver.

The best size comparison of the consoles is here: https://www.windowscentral.com/xbox-series-x-vs-ps4-pro-vs-xbox-one-x-size-comparison

You can rotate the consoles around and truly compare the sizes.

This is great! You can see them from all angles. Perfect comparison.
I actually prefer that PS5 is taller but slimmer rather than shorter but chunkier as XBX.

Just like the PS2 and xbox 360, neither fits under a tv stand or cabinet. Surely don’t want this next to a TV, maybe it can go behind the tv, if your media center has room. The problems people had with them standing up years ago, still exist. PS5 still has those lil small ass stands lol, their good for controllers, but not a 500+ dollar gaming system. Disc scratching and someone or anything knocking them over are the main issues people will have with them. Yes they look great on display when they are introduced, but what electronics do people have in reality that stands up other than a tower speaker or a small Bluetooth speaker?

If going the digital route, just put it behind the TV on your stand/entertainment center. It has a narrow footprint so it could squeeze back there. At that point, you don’t even need to see it and you rarely need to interact with it.

I was already doing this for my current console (I then have a receiver and center channel taking up the 2 spots below the TV), and it works well.

The crazy thing is that the PS5 needs a stand to sit vertically AND horizontally. Some of the side shots of the PS5 sitting on its stand don’t look stable at all.

It will fit better sideways in my cabinet under the TV the as when laid horizontally PS5 is 10.4cm high compared to 15.1 cm of XBSX.
I don’t have 15.1cm high space, but I have the sideways width.

Wait, what?
PS5 is 39 cm high not 10.4 cm.
What you talking about??

I noticed you said sideways now.
Still, you compared the width of PS5 to the depth of Xbox Series S, in which case PS5 wins.
But if you’re actually gonna put the console sideways, then note that Xbox Series S is only 6.6 cm wide.
So it’s really 6.6 cm vs 10.4 cm.

I don’t think downgrading the console’s power is worth it just to fit it into a particular space. The console can go elsewhere, if needed, for either platform choice and in @winterjag’s case the PS5 already fits fine & is just pointing out the 1 dimension PS5 is slimmer than the XSX can’t be forgotten about when talking about the size & footprint of things.

You forgot that the specs don’t include the stand. They haven’t even showed it in a horizontal configuration with the stand, so I’m guessing it’ll add a decent amount of space.

They showed it in the stream yesterday. It lifts the console up another couple of CM and it looks pretty ridiculous.

As long is keeps the sumbich cool, I have no complaints.

Heh, the Xbox One ran cool and quiet too, but it sure as hell got a lot of noisy hot takes lol. That said, I am very VERY curious to see the PS5 teardown. The rumors are all about the cooling, and I have to know how that size is being used.

Will probably still be loud as hell.

i took a couple screenshots from https://www.windowscentral.com/xbox-series-x-vs-ps4-pro-vs-xbox-one-x-size-comparison
you can rotate the 3D models all you like there

That Xbox is thiccc

Factor in the PS5 base and the footprint on the tabletops not all that different though.

Ooh wee! That thicccness is ticker than molasses!

It’ll just end up vertical behind my TV either way. No need to see or interact with it at all, honestly (haven’t needed to swap discs for anything in years.)

Really, the more narrow base will actually make it a better fit for putting behind my TV than an Xbox Series X (it’s smaller than the Xbox Series X in that one dimension when it comes to a footprint.)

Only just. The base that’s required to stand it up still protrudes out beyond the width of the console. They take up a similar amount of space on a tabletop surface. If you’re putting it vertically and parallel behind a TV then the side of the stand that’s closest to the TV won’t be an issue as it’ll just go under the TV anyway, but the side at the rear of the entertainment unit needs to be factored in and looks to add a few cm to the depth of things. In particular if you have a wall close to behind the unit, that could come into play.

It’ll be easier to do that setup though than the Xbox, and worse case most people can shuffle the TV forward an inch of the stand is in the way.

Microsoft completely out engineered Sony this generation. 30% more powerful console yet considerably smaller and costs the same.

where did you get the 30% figure from

PS5 is 10.3 TFLOPS. XSX is 12 TFLOPS.

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