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The much-anticipated PlayStation 5 is right around the corner. But what’s inside the box? We have a final retail unit to unbox, providing us with an up-close look at its contents and the overall design. Although we can’t get hands-on with the games or UI just yet, we can still dive into what the package includes, as well as explore the look and feel of the console itself.
Unboxing the PS5
Let’s start by taking a peek at what you’ll find in the box. As pictured above, the package includes:
- PlayStation 5 console
- DualSense wireless controller
- HDMI cable
- AC power cable
- USB-A to USB-C cable
- Console stand
If you recall the unboxing of the first-gen PS4 back in 2013, you may notice some similarities. However, there are a couple of changes. The controller cable is now USB-A to USB-C, and unfortunately, there isn’t a headset mic included this time. But don’t worry, the new controller comes equipped with a built-in mic.
Notable Features and Comparisons
Now, let’s delve deeper into what we discovered while unboxing the new hardware and comparing it to the previous generation.
It’s Bigger and Better
The first thing you’ll notice is that the PS5 is much larger than its predecessor. Standing 16 inches tall, it easily surpasses the original PS4’s height of 11.5 inches. As consoles continue to evolve, they are also growing in size. Compared to the Xbox Series X and Series S, the PS5 stands tall, towering confidently over its competitors.
Horizontal Placement with a Catch
Although the PS5 is designed to stand vertically, you have the option to place it horizontally. However, there’s a small catch. The console’s curved surface can make fitting it into your media cabinet a bit challenging. This design feature seems to discourage stacking other components on top of it. Unlike the PS3, the new console isn’t flat on the bottom either.
To place the PS5 horizontally, you’ll need to slide a plastic stand underneath it. The stand loosely clips onto the rear fin, ensuring that the console is leveled. However, please note that the stand doesn’t attach securely. If you accidentally move or adjust the console, the stand may become dislodged. Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that the stand is primarily intended for vertical placement. To use it in this orientation, you’ll need to rotate part of the plastic stand by about 45 degrees and then securely attach it to the bottom with a screw. So, switching from vertical to horizontal isn’t as seamless as it may seem.
The Impressive DualSense Wireless Controller
The new DualSense wireless controller is a game-changer. It takes a significant leap forward compared to its PS4 predecessor, both in design and functionality. With its striking yet minimalistic appearance, the controller blends retro-futurism reminiscent of Space: 1999 with the captivating allure of a Ghost in the Shell killer robot.
What sets this controller apart are the impressive adaptive triggers, which provide resistance during gameplay. Additionally, it includes a built-in mic and offers enhanced haptic effects. I had the chance to try out these features with Astro’s Playroom, a preloaded PS5 game that serves as a demo reel for the new controller. With its adorable platforming gameplay and Nintendo-like charm, the game may not showcase the full potential of the PS5 hardware, but it certainly highlights the controller’s exceptional capabilities. The motion controls and force feedback are incredibly responsive, and the overall experience feels fantastic.
However, one small gripe I have with the new controller is the home button. Instead of a circular button, it now features a cutout PlayStation logo, making it a bit more difficult to locate by feel. Additionally, it’s positioned dangerously close to the microphone button, raising the risk of accidentally activating your mic when you don’t intend to.
Stay tuned for more updates on the PS5 and Xbox Series X. We’ll be providing a comprehensive review and detailed buying advice to help you make an informed decision.
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