Ah, I remember the PlayStation 5 reveal like it was yesterday. The appearance of the next-gen console split opinions instantly into those who were happy Sony was experimenting with a bigger design while others were hoping for a sleeker build which wasn't such an attention grabber. Now the PlayStation 5 is out and in many of our homes, we've learned to live with the giant internet router in peace... except DIY Perks, who has decided to completely change his PS5's appearance.
The PlayStation 5 is so space-age in its design that it's not going to fit everyone's personal aesthetics. And to fit it into his home, DIY Perks decided to do a full reimagining of the way the PS5 looks, making a case for the console out of walnut and carbon fibre. And you know what? We would never guess that this is a PlayStation 5.
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DIY Perks first disassembles the console, which shows how surprisingly small the internal components are aside from the heatsink and the power supply. The tech YouTuber notes it's not dissimilar in size to a laptop, and that it's really the cooling system that bulks out the shape of the PS5. After disassembly comes mounting the console to carbon fibre which will cover the top and bottom of the unit. Then, for the outside of the box, DIY Perks uses a beautiful American dark walnut wood which is cut to shape. Once sanded and waxed, it looks like a really high-end piece of furniture you'd see in a hotel and think, "Oh, I shouldn't touch that."
One of the difficulties with the build was making sure that the PS5 got the required airflow. One of the main focuses of the original case is making sure that the heatsink and fan have ample access to air, and when building a new case for the PS5, that should be a priority. Foam was used internally by DIY Perks to make sure that air circulation was encouraged.
Other modifications included using the PS5's LED lights on the bottom of the unit to reflect off of the surface you place the unit on, and a new, disguised power button. With all that complete, the PS5 is unrecognisable and very elegant. It might not be to everyone's tastes, but it's certainly a piece that would fit into some homes more effortlessly than the PS5 in its original state.
As soon as the superconductor shortage eases and PlayStation 5s are more readily available, I can imagine more companies offering custom consoles, and more DIY buffs trying their hand at a similar mod themselves.
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