iFixit has released its teardown of the PlayStation 5 and its DualSense controller — and it goes into much more element than the one Sony did earlier this year. The gadget restore firm found that the console has a ton of screws holding it collectively, and that there’s a bizarre catch to changing the optical drive.
It seems that the optical drive is software program-locked to the motherboard. The bodily swap is seemingly a bit of cake, however any alternative you place in gained’t learn disks, so in case your optical drive fails you’ll be sending it to Sony. It’s a bummer, particularly for me: I’ve had horrible luck with PlayStation optical drives, and the solely drive I haven’t needed to change is the one on my PS4 (which was just a few years outdated after I bought it).
No sweat for the homeowners of the discless Digital version, although — and as we’ve seen beforehand, including an additional SSD goes to be simple when the console finally supports it: it solely entails unclipping a single aspect panel and taking out a screw.
The teardown additionally offers an inside have a look at the energy provide (above), which Sony didn’t present us earlier than. As somebody who’s dabbled in PC gaming, it’s all the time surprising to me after I’m reminded of the PS5 solely has a 350W energy provide (and it uses as few as 200 of those watts below load!)
Turning to the DualSense controller, iFixit discovered its battery is comparatively simple to exchange — which is sweet contemplating it nonetheless makes use of an inside Li-ion that’ll degrade over time. It’s additionally large at 5.7 watt-hours, in comparison with the 3.7Wh pack in the DualShock 4. These adaptive triggers and haptic suggestions motors have to be thirsty. We additionally get another look at the superior screw drive that powers these adaptive triggers.
What I don’t see is a straightforward technique to unhook the LEDs that encompass the DualSense’s touchpad. This can be a distinct segment factor, however I completely hated the gentle on the DualShock 4, and whereas the new one isn’t as annoying, I nonetheless want Sony would allow you to flip it off or let screwdriver-helpful players unhook it with out a lot fuss.
You’ll be able to head over to iFixit’s teardown page to see far more photos. And in order for you a really feel for what taking aside the units could be like (with out risking what’s now effectively a $1,000 console), the firm has supplied movies of the teardowns that you could watch under.