iFixit has has published the demolition of the PlayStation 5 and its DualSense controller – and it goes even more detailed than the ones Sony made earlier this year. The gadget repair company discovered that the console has a ton of screws holding it together and that replacing the optical drive has an odd catch.
It turns out that the optical drive is tied to the motherboard by software. Physical replacement is apparently a breeze, but any replacement you deploy won’t read hard drives. If your optical drive fails, send it to Sony. It sucks, especially for me: I’ve been terribly lucky with PlayStation optical drives, and the only drive I didn’t have to replace is the one on my PS4 (which was only a few years old at the time of sale).
However, that’s not a problem for the owners of the discless Digital Edition – and as we’ve already seen, adding an additional SSD will be easy when the console finally supports it: Only a single side panel is loosened and a screw is removed.
The demolition also provides a glimpse into the power supply unit (above), which Sony did not show us before. As someone involved in PC gaming, it always comes as a shock to me when I am reminded that the PS5 only has a 350W power adapter (and it only uses 200 of those watts under load!)
Regarding the DualSense controller, iFixit found the battery to be relatively easy to swap out. This is good considering that it still uses an internal Li-ion which degrades over time. It is also firmly at 5.7 Wh compared to the 3.7 Wh pack in the DualShock 4. These adaptive triggers and haptic feedback motors must be thirsty. We get too another look at the fantastic screw drive that drives these adaptive triggers.
What I don’t see is an easy way to unhook the LEDs surrounding the DualSense’s touchpad. This may seem like a niche thing, but I absolutely hated the light on the DualShock 4, and while the new one isn’t that annoying, I still wish Sony would let you turn it off or endure screwdriver cell phone gamers without so much fuss.
You can go over there You can find far more photos on the iFixit teardown page. And if you want to get a feel for what disassembling the devices might be like (without taking the risk of what is now effectively a $ 1,000 console) the company has provided videos of the demolitions, which you can watch below.