PS5 could be the biggest console yet — and that's not good

Playstation 5
(Image credit: Sony)

The design of the PS5 is still sinking in for some people, who were shocked by the Sony's jarring look for the upcoming console. While this look is certainly distinctive, the PS5 also looks to be one of the largest game consoles we've ever seen.

A post on Reddit community r/absoluteunits (via The Tech Chap on Twitter) shows how the PS5 compares to the Xbox One X, and also the Nintendo Switch Lite. This isn't a real picture, but a render designed using known measurements for the console, so it may not be 100% accurate. One thing's for sure — this is a beast of a console. It's set to be even bigger than the original PS3 if the comments are to be believed.

Unfortunately, this image compares the PS5 to the Xbox One X, not the Xbox Series X that will be its main rival. The Series X has a cuboid design, which we've known about since last year. Even if the Series X matches the height and width of the PS5, it will still likely be easier to store and position due to its more regular shape.

Larger than any console this generation or prior, the PS5 is a shelf space-consuming. ABSOLUTE UNIT from r/AbsoluteUnits

When the PS5's design was first revealed, it divided fan opinions. The tall, bottom-heavy design with its two-tone color scheme and 'wings' was lauded for being unique by some, but called ridiculously ugly by others. However, the console's looks are less important than the fact that some gamers may not be able to find a spot to fit this futuristic skyscraper of a console.

If this render is anything to go by, the PS5 looks like it'll be far too large for your desk or won't fit under your TV. Sony has brought out 'Slim' versions of its consoles since the PS2, coming a year or two after the console's first launch. Picking up the DIgital Edition is also a good plan if you want the smallest possible console, since it is a little skinnier due to tossing out the Blu-ray drive.

You'll need to wait until November before you can see the PS5 and Xbox Series X for yourself and get an idea of how they literally measure up to each other. Some more announcements from both camps are due over the summer too, during which we'll learn more about the Series X's serious graphical muscles, and the PS5's behind the scenes trickery to make loading times and audio its selling points. We've also yet to hear either console's price or release date, which we expect to be revealed in the coming months.

Richard Priday
Assistant Phones Editor

Richard is based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.

  • Nahmino
    This just fits the Sony release scheme.
    RTM V1 - Large and in charge
    V2 - Skinny
    V3 - Slim

    There are people out there who will purchase V1 and V3 of the latest PS platform just for those minor improvements so this is seems more like a "hey water is wet" kind of story.
  • Silent _FK8
    This article is dumb. It is MUCH easier to store the PS5. In width, its probably 4 to 5 inches... You are telling me you dont have 4-5 inches to stand your PS5 next to your TV?

    I find it far more difficult to fit that cinderblock XSX next to any TV or in any entertainment center. Most people will have to stand it up on the floor. Its a massive rectangular box so not sure how anybody plans to incorporate it in there setup.
  • GMScribe
    I'm sorry but agreeing with Silent_FK8 this article isn't spouting sense. Sony made a much more sensible decision with the dimensioning of the PS5. It may be tall but at least it's not fat, it's still going to fit under my TV on the modestly sized stand shelf and it's going to sit fairly flush if I stand it to the side. I'm not going to be able to fit the Xbox Series X under my TV and that's a big nono.