iFixit has presented its teardown of the PlayStation 5 and its DualSense controller — and it goes into even more detail than the one Sony did earlier this year. The gadget repair company observed that the console has many screws holding it together, and that there’s a weird catch to replacing the optical drive.
It turns out that the optical drive is software-locked to the motherboard. The physical swap is like a piece of cake, but any replacement won’t read disks, so if your optical drive fails you’ll be sending it to Sony. It’s a bummer.
No sweat for the owners of the discless Digital edition, though and as it is seen previously, adding an extra SSD is going to be easy when the console finally supports it, it only involves unclipping a single side panel and taking out a screw.
The teardown also enables an inside look at the power supply, which Sony didn’t show before. As someone who’s dabbled in PC gaming, it’s always shocking to be reminded of the PS5 only has a 350W power supply.
Turning to the DualSense controller, iFixit found its battery is comparatively easy to replace, which is good considering it still uses an internal Li-ion that’ll degrade over time. It’s also massive at 5.7 watt-hours, compared to the 3.7Wh pack in the DualShock 4. Those adaptive triggers and haptic feedback motors must be thirsty. We also get another look at the awesome screw drive that powers those adaptive triggers.
It is difficult to unhook the LEDs that surround the DualSense’s touchpad. This may be a niche thing, but the light on the DualShock 4 is not good, and while the new one isn’t as annoying, Sony would let you turn it off or let screwdriver-handy gamers unhook it without so much fuss.