The PlayStation 5 may very well be the largest game console in modern history (SNE)


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  • After months of speculation and teases, the PlayStation 5 console was unveiled late last week.
  • The console’s design is a major departure from the last several generations of PlayStation consoles, and has become the inspiration for memes.
  • Beyond the design, the sheer size of the PlayStation 5 has become a point of contention. By all accounts, it is one of the largest game consoles ever made.
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The PlayStation 5 may be the biggest game console ever made.

That’s according to a variety of different reports, all of which used similar tactics to determine the yet-to-be-released console’s dimensions: By using the known dimensions of the USB ports and the disc drive, all located on the front.

Beyond the USB and disc drive comparison, some folks are taking the gamepad’s d-pad dimensions – presumably similar, it not identical, in size to the PlayStation 4 d-pad – and extrapolating the console’s size. 

Depending on the source, the console ranges in height from 15 to 16 inches tall. That height would make the PlayStation 5 the tallest console ever made. It’s said to be about 3.5 inches wide. 

To contextualize those numbers, some folks have put together graphic comparisons with previous consoles:

One Reddit user even put together a comparison that included Sony’s notoriously massive original PlayStation 3 – the PlayStation 5 casts a shadow over its predecessor.

If you need something other than another video game console to help you visualize the size of the new PlayStation 5, consider that the average height of a chair’s seat is between 15 inches and 17 inches above the ground.

Notably, people are using the “standard” edition PlayStation 5 for these comparisons. When Sony unveiled the PS5 on June 11, the Japanese electronics giant actually unveiled two versions of the new console: A standard edition, and a “Digital Edition” which lacks a disc drive. As a result, the latter console is slightly slimmer than the former.

Sony has yet to offer dimensions of the new console, which is set to hit store shelves sometime this holiday season, but that clearly hasn’t stopped savvy people from using the information we do have to figure it out for themselves. 

SEE ALSO: Here’s a much closer look at the PlayStation 5, Sony’s next-gen game console that’s scheduled to launch this fall

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