The PlayStation 5 could have been even bigger than the design that is set to launch this week, according to a senior executive at Sony.
Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Yujin Morisawa confirmed in an interview with The Washington Post that the original design for the console was larger. This was a result of the designer knowing that the system would require extra power and lots of cooling.
“I knew it was going to be larger because I know how much power there was going to be,” said Morisawa. “So I knew how much air flow you would need and how much space for a heat sink. In the beginning, when I started drawing, it was much larger even though I didn’t know what engineering was going to do.”
However, the engineering team wanted the PS5 to be much smaller than the initial design to make it more appealing to players. That led to Morisawa shrinking down the size, although the console is still much larger than the PlayStation 4 or Xbox Series X.
The PS5 is set to launch in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea on November 12 and will be available in the rest of the world on November 19.