The PlayStation 5 designer has revealed that the massive PlayStation 5 console was original "much larger."
The PlayStation 5 is one of the biggest consoles to ever sit in a home entertainment system. Despite its tremendous size, it appears that the original plans for the PS5 had the device being much larger than it ended up.
Once PlayStation 5 consoles began to be displayed in person, it was clear that Sony's new hardware was something to behold. Measuring up at 390 x 104 x 260mm, you're going to need to make some room for the upcoming console.
Yujin Morisawa is the Senior Art Director responsible for designing the PlayStation 5. In a new interview, the PS5 designer reveals that his initial plans for the console made it even larger than the final product.
The PlayStation 5 Could Have Been Much Larger
If engineers had gone by Morisawa's original design, the PlayStation 5 would have been far larger. Despite the new console already dwarfing the Xbox Series X, we could have been looking at an even bigger next-generation for PlayStation.
“When I started drawing, it was much larger even though I didn’t know what engineering was going to do," Morisawa confesses. “It’s kind of funny that engineering actually told me it’s too big. So, I actually had to shrink it down a little bit from the first drawing.”
In a new interview with The Washington Post, Morisawa discusses his design process for the next-gen hardware.
Initially, the designer didn't know how much space the device would need for its huge boost in performance. It was only after the engineering team told Morisawa that their technology was smaller than expected that the PS5 design we know came to be created.
However, as it stands, it appears that the PS5 cannot be made smaller. Morisawa thinks the current size is perfect as it stands, as shrinking the design would lead to less airflow.
How Does the PS5 Designer Feel About Gamers' Reactions to the Console?
Since the console's reveal showcase in September, gamers have playfully poked fun at the PS5's design. There have been more than a few comparisons to a Wi-Fi router made online.
But Morisawa doesn't take offense to such comments. In fact, the PlayStation 5 designer is happy that gamers feel comfortable with the hardware's look.
According to the Senior Art Director, the aim of designing a new product is to help its consumers find comfort in its appearance.
"I think it’s funny, though. I’m not offended or anything. I really like what people are playing with... I think it’s good energy."
Discussing the PlayStation 5's divergence from Sony's previous consoles, Morisawa claims he wanted to express the aura of a very powerful machine. He certainly hit the nail on the head with that one.
In terms of the overall design, Morisawa chose to go beyond all previous appearances and create something new.
Interestingly, the console's designer is yet to even get his hands on a PlayStation 5. The Sony employee states that he'd get both a physical and digital edition of the console if he had the chance.
It's certainly telling that it's so hard to get a PS5 that even the console's designer is yet to secure one. If you're looking to get hold of a PS5 on day one, bear in mind that all PlayStation 5 launch day sales will be online only.
Despite this fact, some PlayStation 5 games are already arriving in stores. And we've already had major retailer Target confirm its plans for PS5 launch day.