After a week or two of everyone and their mom at gaming sites and YouTube getting their hands on an Xbox Series X, the first hands-on previews of PS5 are starting to go live, though mostly over in Japan.
While the most obvious thing is how damn big the console is, something has been revealed as an upgrade over last gen that the Xbox Series X also shares, but neither company is really advertising. But for the average player, it will likely represent a significant improvement over their PS4s or Xbox Ones.
Both consoles are very, very quiet.
Despite the massive increase in technical horsepower, early reports are that both the PS5 and Series X are almost silent when running and playing games.
Here’s Window’s Central’s Jez Corden on the Xbox Series X:
And here’s Japanese site Dengeki saying the same thing about the PS5 (second tweet):
If you’ve played any bigger game on either console this past generation, you have probably run into the fans of each them getting quite loud to try and keep the console cool. I’ve noticed this in the PS4 especially, even the Pro, where playing a game like Call of Duty: Warzone or The Last of Us Part 2 makes it sound like a harrier jet is under my TV ready to take off. Not only is it loud, but the heat it’s pumping out is enough to make me seriously sweat in my office.
No word on the heat with these upgrades, but what this sounds like to me is that both the PS5 and Series X will perform more like say, the gaming computer I’m currently writing this article on. Even when I’m playing games at high settings there it never gets all that loud, never all that hot, and this tracks with the fact that these new consoles have so much powerful tech in them they are…essentially mini gaming PCs themselves.
This may not be a feature you put on the box, but I wouldn’t underestimate the smaller benefits of things like this making next gen gaming feel all-around better. It’s the small things sometimes you look forward to (I’m going to add in no more eternal “copying” patching phase on PS5 as something else I will appreciate), and yes, my console not sounding like it’s going to explode while playing most AAA games is definitely a plus.
I have not gotten my hands on either console yet so I can’t report how this feels in my exact office firsthand, but if it’s significant enough to mention in previews, it does feel like a stark contrast from this gen. We’ll see if that persists through the entire generation or not.