If the Amazon listing is to be believed, then the PS5 will be quite a heavy console. As per the listing, the PS5 will weigh a whopping 4.78 kgs. While we have only seen the console in renders, mockups and videos, people have taken the disc drive and USB port as a reference to see how big the console will be. It is believed to be taller and deeper than the Xbox Series X while remaining slimmer in width. Having said that, the components inside the console along with beefed-up cooling is the reason the console is heavy. So don't expect to carry it around easily in your backpack. Since the PS5 weighs nearly 5kgs, let’s take a look at the history of the PlayStation consoles to see how heavy each console has been.
The PS4 launch model weighed 2.8kgs while the PS4 refresh (with the slimmer power plug) weighed 2.5kgs.
The PS4 Slim weighs 2.1 kgs and the PS4 Pro weighs 3.3 kgs.
The only console to give the PS5 a run for its weight is the original fat PS3 which weighed a whopping 5kgs. The slim version dropped the weight down to 3.1kgs and the superslim weighed almost as much as the original PS2 at 2.1 kgs.
Speaking of the PS2, the console was light and weighed 2.2kgs.
Moving over to the Xbox side of things, it is suggested that the upcoming Series X will weigh 4.45kgs which is marginally less than the PS5.
The launch model Xbox One weighed 3.5kgs making it much heavier than the launch model PS4. The Xbox One S weighs a modest 2.9 kgs while the 6 Teraflop Xbox One X weighs about 3.8kgs.
The Xbox 360 launch mode was about 3.5 kgs while the slim model weighed 2.9 kgs.
So it looks like this console generation featuring the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will have the heaviest consoles of the past decade. The consoles are big in size, featuring ample ventilation so that they don't overheat. Now I guess we will have to wait till 2022 to see the slim version of these consoles to launch which could bring smaller form factors and a more portable design.
Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.
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