Sony released a video Wednesday tearing the PlayStation 5 down and revealing the full list of internal components.
Vice President of Sony's mechanical design department Yasuhiro Ootori hosts the video, and describes the move from PS4 to PS5 as a "dramatic improvement in performance in terms of processing power and quietness." After describing the ports on the surface of the machine, he then takes it apart piece by piece.
He begins by removing the base of the console, which is held in place by a single screw. He stores the screw in the base itself, then plugs the hole it left behind in the console with a cap. Removing the base, rotating an internal mechanism, and reattaching it to the console allows players to lay the console on its side.
Ootori says the rows on the front of the console are air vents, and the entire backside is an exhaust port.
Next Ootori lifts the panels off of the PS5 — they come off easily, allowing home users to do the same. That reveals the fan and two dust collectors that can be vacuumed for dust removal. The fan measures 120mm in diameter and 45mm in depth.
After taking off the casing, Ootori shows off the Blu-ray disc drive. It has a case of sheet metal and two layers of insulators to cut down on noise and vibration.
Finally, Ootori reaches the meat of the hardware. The CPU is an x86-64-AMD Ryzen Zen 2, with 8 cores and 16 threads. It runs at up to 3.5GHz. The GPU is an AMD Radeon RDNA 2-based card, driven at up to 2.23GHz and delivering 10.3 teraflops.
The console ships with eight sticks of 2GB GDDR6 RAM with a maximum bandwidth of 448GB per second. Storage comes in the form of an onboard 825GB solid-state drive and a custom SSD controller that allows for read speeds as fast as 5.5GB per second. This speed is one of the main draws of the new console generation, allowing for significantly reduced load times.
The PS5 uses liquid metal as its thermal conductor, sitting between the system on chip and the heat sink. Ootori says Sony spent years developing the cooling system. The heat sink itself uses a heat pipe similar to the PS3 and PS4, but with improved performance.
Last but not least, the power supply is rated at 350 watts.
The teardown video offers consumers a comprehensive look at what they'll be buying when the PS5 launches Nov. 12.