PlayStation 5 teardown is coming: simple maintenance, tough repairs

The iFixit team has released their teardown of Sony’s latest and greatest console, the PlayStation 5. This massive unit includes a considerable amount of hardware in its sleek, curved casing, as well as certain items designed to simplify maintenance, as well as some which make repairs much more difficult to perform.

As with the previous PS4, you’ll need to do a bit of regular maintenance on your PS5 to keep everything running smoothly, and that’s where the good news comes in. Sony has simplified access to the console’s storage expansion bay and the interior dust vacuum, depending on the teardown.

The iFixit team found that users can easily access the SSD expansion slot, dust ports, and fan by lifting and sliding the white panels. However, the good news is tempered by some bad news: The teardown reports that the PS5’s fan is secured in place with security screws. However, the storage expansion is easily accessible with a Phillips screwdriver.

Also, the team notes that while it is not too difficult to take out the optical drive and swap in a replacement, the new drive will likely not actually work, meaning you may have to disassemble the original drive to harvest the used circuit board with him, and there is no guarantee at this time that doing so will be an effective solution.

Ultimately, simple updates and maintenance – that is, vacuuming up dust and expanding storage – are made very simple with the PS5. However, the liberal use of security screws, the presence of liquid metal to keep the console cool, and software locks mean that any substantial work will be more difficult.

You can read the full teardown on the iFixit website here.

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