Upon opening the PlayStation 5‘s box, the first thing that came to mind was that this console is much better looking in person than in its marketing images. This is the first time Sony has delivered something other than a black console at launch since the original PlayStation, and that decision has raised some eyebrows. Of course, it’s always hard to tell from white-background retailer images exactly how a console will look in your entertainment center or feel in your hands. Thankfully, the PS5 is a good-looking console, even if its design doesn’t scream PlayStation.
The PS5’s form factor is made up of three distinct parts: two matte white plates and a glossy black midsection. The black midsection is broken up by vents on both sides for heat dispersion, and the gloss of this entire section looks great next to the matte plates. It’s a nice contrast that makes the stark, unique design of the PS5 work. As someone who thought the console looked garish in its product images, it’s hard to deny how nice the console looks in person.
Flipping the PS5 over, the black vents comb across the entire back of the midsection. This is also where you’ll find HDMI, power, ethernet, and two USB 3.1 ports. The front features a USB 2.0 port as well as a USB-C 3.1 port. It’s a little disappointing there isn’t an extra USB-C port in the back, but the two USB-A 3.1 ports are going to be great for higher-end accessories that require them.