There was a ton of hype and anticipation over 2020 when it came to the video game industry. We knew that this would be the year that both Sony and Microsoft brought out their next-generation video game console platforms. While there was a worldwide health pandemic outbreak that occurred and is still problematic, it didn’t prevent the companies from bringing out their latest hardware into the market.
While every new console launch is a bit tricky with some units being limited or new consoles having some issues with the hardware that could require repairs or revisions, this year is certainly different. Units are scarce, a holiday launch and an urge for new entertainment have made this launch incredibly difficult for consumers to get their hands on a unit. However, the few that managed to get a pre-order and received a unit, have been sharing their experiences with the console online.
For the PlayStation 5, it’s a behemoth of a console. In fact, the reason for its size was previously stated to be for the cooling. Only one large fan is in the system and the console is not only designed to house the fan but to dispense the hot air to ventilate. Some reports have even come out that the console is a bit noisy with the fan and now it’s been discovered that Sony used three different models of the fan. This comes from a French publication called Les Numeriques who had a few units to teardown.
Through the teardown, they discovered that there were two models of fans used in retail versions of the PlayStation 5 while review units had a third model. According to the report, it seems that the review units had the quietest fan of the three, while one of the retail fan models is the loudest. This will produce a humming noise which has some wondering just why two fan models are being used and just how to determine which units will have a quieter fan. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a way to indicate what the fan model is in a unit unless you tear the console down.