Yesterday felt like a light gym workout as I got to unpacking the PlayStation 5. The box that the console arrives in is pretty large, which makes sense because the console is massive. The memes after that teardown video of how large the device is are pretty apt, and I was pretty nervous about unpacking something that is just too big to handle with a single hand.
One thing I really liked was how little plastic was involved in the packaging. Many people throw their boxes away, meaning a new hardware purchase can result in tons of plastic being added to landfills and rubbish dumps. This isn’t the case with the PS5, thankfully. Things feel much more economically friendly, with paper-covered cable-ties and instead of a plastic shell to hold the console in the middle of the box away from shocks and bumps, the covering seems to be really tough cardstock and paper. Besides the plastic-y anti-static sheet around the controller and the console itself, there was a big lack of plastic bags, film, bubblewrap and all the rest, which is a great step in the right direction.
Welcome to something very space age. Now my house has a pretty boring but happy black appliances on tempered glass vibe for my electronics, but the white is quickly growing on me. There are already jokes in the office about how many Cheetos packets it will take to change the colour of the controller, but for now, everything is pure and pretty. However, that black section is an absolute magnet for everything. Dust, hair, fur, bits of paper. It was covered in stuff in the minute between opening the box and taking a picture, so I expect I will be dusting often.
I was worried that a device this tall would feel unstable, but the stand really does the trick. It sits nice and firm and balanced, even though it is now near my TV stand inside of in it because it is almost as tall as both shelves. Considering how rarely I will be changing the disc in the console, it might be fine where I put it, far out of the way of any occasional traffic.
Without turning the controller on, it feels a lot like the DualShock 4. There is a bit more heft to it and all the buttons give you a firm sensation of feedback as you press them. The touch pad feels a lot more solid and you can feel that the triggers are new because they seem heavier. There is also a slight texturing on the grips to help you keep hold of the controller. I will weigh them, but it definitely feels heavier than a DualShock.
If you look closely at the back, you can see how cleverly the stand hooks onto the back of the console, besides the big screw in the bottom of the base. All those nice curves feel like something you might see on a high-end concept car. Really makes me feel like there is something new in the lounge, like an alien piece of tech. Besides that, the back is no-nonsense, with easy to reach ports that hopefully are seated away from the heat that will come out of the vents on the back of the device.
Oh and because there was a complaint that there was no wookiee in the last unboxing, here is a wookiee for scale. Like I said, the console is enormous.