Sony engineered the PlayStation 5 with a 120mm fan that’s 45mm thick. By game console standards that’s enormous, but Sony did this to ensure the PS5 stays cool and quiet with all the graphics horsepower under the hook. Especially after so much criticism of the the jarringly loud jet engine that is the PS4 Pro (I honestly can’t wait to ditch mine). But a new interview contains hints that the new console’s noise levels and cooling performance could change substantially post-launch.
During Sony’s up-close and personal PS5 teardown earlier this month, we got a good look at that internal fan. Like the system itself, the fan seems comically large — at least when comparing it historically against prior consoles from Sony and its competition.
But a proper thermal solution is absolutely vital for this next generation of consoles because of the raw graphics power inside.