PS5 unboxing: Sony’s big, curvy boy stands out in any room

As you may have heard by now, we have received the PlayStation 5 at Ars’ orbiting headquarters, ahead of its official launch on Nov. 12. We’re still limited in just what we can tell you about the system itself until that launch gets a little closer. One thing we can talk about, though, is the console’s design—that is, the physical shell that houses all those electronics.

Sony’s big boy

The most striking thing about the PS5 case (especially the disc-drive-sporting version we received) remains just how big it is. We’ve known for a while that the PS5 was set to be the biggest console in decades, of course. But it’s one thing to know that intellectually. It’s another to see it in your home, dwarfing most any other piece of consumer electronics you’ve ever owned (as you can see in some of these photos).

When you lift the PS5, though, it feels a little lighter than you might expect, given its physical size. At 9.92 pounds, it’s slightly less heavy than the (smaller) launch-era PlayStation 3, for instance. And while the PS5 is heavier than the 7.3-lb PS4 Pro, it feels much less dense than that earlier system when lifted.

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