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PlayStation 5 Wins Gold Award In Design, Somehow

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PlayStation 5 Wins Gold Award In Design, Somehow

Sony has snagged the Good Design Gold Award for the “emotional” and “unique” design of the PlayStation 5 from the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry in Japan. 


The award aims to highlight products, objects and even software that feature “excellent design that can guide future life, industry, and society and open up tomorrow.” So, let’s say that players’ response to the reveal of the PlayStation 5 in the summer of 2020 wasn’t on the same wavelength as the organisation. 

Unfavourable comparisons to an ethernet router, anime villains, the Eye of Sauron, and even a duck’s bill inundated Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. It transpires that us uncultured lot didn’t get the obvious exquisiteness of the PlayStation 5’s design, so I’ll hand over to the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry to illuminate their reasons for the Gold Award.

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The organisation called the reveal of the PlayStation 5 “symbolic and truly emotional”, and I suppose they’re not wrong. The enormous upheaval that the pandemic caused the video game industry meant that there was a point where we might not have seen the release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S. 

Chip shortages are still affecting Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo’s bottom line as all three titans try to manufacture enough consoles for consumers. If you have been fortunate enough to get your mitts on a PlayStation 5, you’ll likely love the “unprecedented 3D curved surfaces” that make the product look a little wobbly on its stand. 


Actually, this is the “cubic curved surface that maximizes the internal air flow performance and removes wasted space to represent a portal that takes you to the world of PlayStation.” So. Shows what you know. 

The organisation also paid attention to the functionality of the PlayStation 5 as well as the aesthetics, praising its easily removable panels that allow for cleaning and a starkly luxurious look. 

“We believe that the new form of this product which we have never seen in any other product will completely satisfy video game players across the world,” it concluded.

Featured Image Credit: Kerde Severin via Unsplash

Topics: PlayStation, PlayStation 5

Imogen Donovan
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