We got a hands-on and unboxed look at the PS5 and it’s a big boy

Make some room in your entertainment center

The time has nearly come for the next-generation.

On November 10, “next-gen” becomes just…”the gen,” and the cycle begins anew. Beginning, the console wars are. Sort of.

Microsoft has been adamant that the generational leap is going to be handled differently with more parity, while Sony is sailing full speed ahead into the classic iterative strategy. We’ll see how it works out for them soon enough, but for now, let’s take a closer look at the PS5.

As you can see, the box is huge. You can fit boxes of other consoles inside of it.

Here is everything you get in the box. There’s an HDMI cable, a power cord, a USB cord for charging the DualSense controller (speaking of, you get a DualSense controller, which we’ll have impressions on later) and a stand.

Oh and the actual PS5. Can’t forget that.

Here’s a look at the front of the PS5. Tactile buttons this time for power and ejection are a big win.

There’s also a USB-A and USB-C port.

On the back, you’ll find two more USB-A ports, as well as a LAN and HDMI port and a spot to plug in the power cable.

Although I’m limited in what I can talk about right now, the PS5 is huge! The thing that struck me immediately after unboxing it was the size and shape when laid horizontally (which is how I display all of my consoles). This is arguably Sony’s most bold and polarizing hardware design yet.

We all kind of collectively had that wave hit us when it was first shown off, but it hit me again in-person. We’ll have more thoughts on the PS5 closer to launch.

Chris Carter
Reviews Director, Co-EIC - Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff!