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The PlayStation 5 (PS5) Thread — Launching November 12, 2020 | $499 Regular, $399 Digital


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Exciting times.

 

Great to see the SSD option being enabled - personally I'm fine with shuttling games between the console storage and my external drive. Quite content to wait for further SSD price falls in the next couple of years before taking the plunge.

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Just to close the loop on the new model PS5 cooling. The Gamers Nexus video is obviously very hardware centric/technical so if you want a more succinct summary, the DF video may be more relevant to you:

 

 

 

 

 

Short summary: It's a nothing burger. The new model performs identically in-game even when heat stress tested. In terms of actual cooling, it's a wash with some variance in the positive and negative but in the end, there's nothing that should be driving anyone to go look for a launch unit over this new model. It's the same damn thing and there's some conjecture that the launch unit was overengineered to ensure good cooling and after months of telemetry being sent their way, they adjusted the design for cost savings while maintaining the same performance.

 

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15 minutes ago, Romier S said:

there's some conjecture that the launch unit was overengineered to ensure good cooling and after months of telemetry being sent their way, they adjusted the design for cost savings while maintaining the same performance.

 

I had been thinking this. 

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I know I posted some pictures of my new matte black PS5 a few weeks ago, but I realized that I never posted a shot of it in my entertainment center with the other consoles:

 

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And here’s what it looked like before:

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Much better, in my opinion. I especially like the fact that my carpet doesn’t reflect in the gloss part of the PS5’s middle section any more.

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3 hours ago, JFo said:

I know I posted some pictures of my new matte black PS5 a few weeks ago, but I realized that I never posted a shot of it in my entertainment center with the other consoles:

 

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And here’s what it looked like before:

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Much better, in my opinion. I especially like the fact that my carpet doesn’t reflect in the gloss part of the PS5’s middle section any more.

Do you leave your cabinet open when running your systems? If not have you had any heat issues? I’ve avoided putting mine in a closed cabinet like this despite the temptation.

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27 minutes ago, Josh said:

Do you leave your cabinet open when running your systems? If not have you had any heat issues?

 

I always leave the cabinet door open when playing either the PS5 or Series X. I've even trained my boys to do the same whenever they use one of the big consoles. I can get away with leaving the door closed when playing the Switch since it's so small and power efficient, but that's it.

 

As far as having them inside a media cabinet, I don't think I have noticed any heat issues. As long as the door is open, the consoles seem to get enough airflow. At least I assume they do since the fans never ramp up or get crazy loud. On occasion, I might forget to open the door. That's when the fans kick in. As soon as I hear them, I'll open the cabinet door to let some fresh air in. After a few minutes, the fans will return to their normal speed and volume.

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So I'll post this here since its liable to get more views than the PS4 thread but does everyone remember the whole clock battery will kill your PS4 eventually stuff that cropped up some months ago? Short summary: If the clock battery in the PS4 dies and you replace it, it will need to do an online check-in or the PS4 will no longer be able to play games at all. The concern was the "What If" scenario where Sony kills the check-in server and you're hardware basically becomes as doorstop. Well, in the latest 9.0 firmware for the PS4, Sony have implemented a fix:

 

 

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8 hours ago, Romier S said:

 


This was interesting. 
 

TLDW. They tested the WD SN 750 SE which will work in the PS5, but is below the recommended specs. 
 

For games and load times it is pretty much the same as the SN850 and the internal drive. It was much slower when moving games to it from the internal (and was oddly inconsistent).  
 

Looks like this could be a possible budget option, but games in the future could potentially cause issues. 

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