iFixit has launched its teardown of the PlayStation 5 and its DualSense controller — and it goes into much more element than the one Sony did earlier this yr. 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-locked to the motherboard. The bodily swap is seemingly a bit of cake, however any alternative you set in received’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optical drives, and the solely drive I haven’t needed to exchange is the one on my PS4 (which was only some years outdated once I offered it).
No sweat for the house owners of the discless Digital version, although — and as we’ve seen beforehand, including an additional SSD goes to be simple when the console lastly helps it: it solely includes 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 at all times stunning to me once I’m reminded of the PS5 solely has a 350W energy provide (and it makes use of as few as 200 of these watts beneath load!)
Turning to the DualSense controller, iFixit discovered its battery is comparatively simple to interchange — which is sweet contemplating it nonetheless makes use of an inside Li-ion that’ll degrade over time. It’s additionally huge at 5.7 watt-hours, in comparison with the 3.7Wh pack in the DualShock 4. Those adaptive triggers and haptic suggestions motors should be thirsty. We additionally get another have a look at the superior screw drive that powers these adaptive triggers.
What I don’t see is a simple solution to unhook the LEDs that encompass the DualSense’s touchpad. This could also be a distinct segment factor, however I completely hated the mild 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-handy avid gamers unhook it with out a lot fuss.
You can head over to iFixit’s teardown web page to see way more pictures. And in order for you a really feel for what taking aside the gadgets is likely to be like (with out risking what’s now successfully a $1,000 console), the firm has offered movies of the teardowns that you may watch beneath.