PS4 certainly could have used a larger fan for the first couple of years anyway. It may have been able to get away with just that and been reasonably quiet. A longer and narrower heat sink with a curved indentation for a larger fan would have helped, along with making the outer shell a little larger overall for an even bigger fan, while also keeping the look they were going for.
I think the PS5 design is really cool, different, and unique to consoles, though too modern and artsy, so I prefer my matte black PS4 1200 model. The XB1 was way to boring and plain, and while the XBSX is as well, it's PC tower style is interesting and mostly unique to consoles. The XB1S, XB1X, PS4 and Pro sat nicely in the middle, being fairly simple, more traditional, and tasteful.
I'd guess the PS5 fan is at the top where the vents are and I'd bet it's as big as the PS3 fan if not bigger. The console has plenty of space inside of it. With only NVMe SSD internal storage expansion, it's not like there's a 2.5" or 3.5" HDD taking up space in there. The bigger the fan, the slower it'll have to spin for the most part. As long as the fan is made of a reasonable quality, it's likely to be acceptably quiet.
Fan noise on PS4 is certainly noticeable, but in the end when I'm playing even on low volume it hardly is noticed. But if PS5 doesn't do a good job on the cooling then it would have been bad to mention it on the presentation since no one asked.
About the console being to big, I'll wait for it to be dissassembled and see if there is just to much empty space of if the cooler is to big. I don't think neither is going to be the case, I think it will be a case of big chip.
PS4 had a problem through it's entire life, but more so early on, in terms of consistency when it came to noise level. Some PS4's were much quieter overall than others. I witnessed this first hand with multiple versions of the PS4. Hopefully this isn't as much of a problem with PS5. If the PS5 isn't much better, or worse than PS4 when it comes to cooling noise levels, then SNY should get huge backlash for designing it like that and caring way to much about the visual aspect of it. Then again, it does kinda look a little like a plane wing, and I'd assume even more so from the rear, so sounding like a jet would just make too much sense in today's meme reality.
By "plenty of space" I meant to cool adequately, not that it's an empty void for no reason. I don't think it's too big. It's big for a console, like the XBSX, that seems fairly clear based on the educated guesses, but as long as it fits where it's supposed to, is reasonably quiet, and doesn't cost too much, then I don't see the problem. If anything, SNY kinda made things tougher on themselves by making PS4 too small when it launched. The PS4 should have been somewhere between the PS3 Slim and PS3 Phat. Now people have it in their minds that a SNY launch console should be that small, when that's not really the case, especially with the amount of horse flops crammed inside of these.
I'd guess the PS5 fan(s) takes up a considerable amount of room inside of there. I'd also guess it's much like PS4 where everything is sandwiched together in the middle, with thin heat sink plates covering the entire top and bottom like bread, allowing the airflow between them in the middle and the shell casing, to pull away the accumulated outer heat. I doubt that gap is very big, but enough to cool efficiently regardless. The ODD is likely separated and below the middle 'sandwich'.
Yup. Small rubber feet spread out a bit from the center would be necessary, but they would almost have to come off. I could see people who want to stand it up being really disappointed that the feet ruin the sleek smooth look if they are glued on. All I would guess is that there is a sizable fan in the corner where the vents are, and that the PSU is either long and really narrow at the back, or it's at the bottom (vertical) beside the ODD. You really don't want it too top heavy.
Maybe the simpler answer is just wait for a better aftermarket stand?
Instead of a stand in the middle, 2 strips that click on on either end with little rubber feet would do the trick. Or two little bars it can rest in like a cradle. Should be a lot more stable than a stand in the middle.
That would work too, but the center stand would be more simplistic as of now, while also easily looking the part. The more additional separated support feet/bars you add, the more it will take away from the sleek look, even if they can be removed when vertical. The smaller additional support feet would likely be much cheaper though, while a stand like what I mocked up would likely only work well horizontal if made as cheap as reasonably possible. A cheap plastic stand like this that also could be used when vertical may be asking for trouble, or considerably more expensive if made much more sturdy, than some smaller support feet/bars would though.
Last edited by EricHiggin - on 14 June 2020