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Fan-made PlayStation 5 game case design concepts tackle a new PS5 debate: Square or rectangular?

Fans have been creating great concept art for potential PS5 games and cases. (Image source: Reddit - u/ruddi2020)
Fans have been creating great concept art for potential PS5 games and cases. (Image source: Reddit - u/ruddi2020)
The covers and cases for games for the PlayStation 5 have become the latest design aspect of the next-generation console that talented fans have decided to focus on, with some settling for square-shaped concepts and others preferring a more rectangular approach to the all-important case design. Square-shaped cases for games were common with the original PlayStation.

As soon as the DualSense controller for the PlayStation 5 was revealed talented fans started customizing it into designs that they preferred, and some of them have been very impressive. The PS5 console itself has been offered up in a wide variety of concept designs, and lately it seems to be game cases that have been attracting more attention from artistic fans.

PS5 game case design concepts. (Image source: Reddit - u/Optamizm)
PS5 game case design concepts. (Image source: Reddit - u/Optamizm)

While some designers have gone for the rectangular look that has encompassed game cases from the PlayStation 2 onwards, others have gone for a square-shaped design for PS5 game cases that is more reminiscent of the packaging that came with software for the original PlayStation. Of course, this also depended on which region you were living in at the time, as there were PlayStation games that came in rectangular cases for the first Sony PlayStation console.

PS5 game case design concepts. (Image source: Reddit - u/ruddi2020)
PS5 game case design concepts. (Image source: Reddit - u/ruddi2020)

Depending on who you believe, it has been stated that Sony initially used the larger rectangular cases for games because the company had to buy excess Saturn cases from Sega to make up for a shortfall. Eventually, square-shaped cases became common for games for the original PlayStation, before rectangular-shaped cases came back in vogue for the PlayStation 2.

PS5 game case design concepts. (Image source: Reddit - u/Optamizm)
PS5 game case design concepts. (Image source: Reddit - u/Optamizm)

Games for the PS5 are likely to follow the trend and come in rectangular cases, but there is an argument for square-shaped ones. Less packaging would be friendlier on the environment, cost less to produce, and square-shaped cases would take up less room in homes. Plastic could even be swapped out for another material: One concept designer chose sleek-looking cardboard square sleeves for the PS5 game cases over a chunky plastic creation.

PS5 game case design concepts. (Image source: Reddit - u/ruddi2020)
PS5 game case design concepts. (Image source: Reddit - u/ruddi2020)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-04-14 (Update: 2020-09-30)
Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.