Leaked PS5 shell images suggest that the device's plates are removable and the PlayStation 5 is a colossal console
Three pictures of alleged PS5 plates have been leaked onto a Chinese gaming-related forum, A9VG. The images give the impression that the white panels for the next-gen console can be easily clipped or unclipped, leaving the device in a customizable state for owners. This has been a long-held belief in regard to the PS5 console, which has been frequently hinted at.
One of the images conveniently shows a piece of paper lying on top of one of the PS5’s white wings, which has given fans a chance to guess at its size. A ResetEra poster called “brokenswiftie” came up with dimensions of either 355.06 mm x 273.49 mm (13.98 in x 10.77 in) or 402.77 mm x 310.25 mm (15.86 in x 12.21 in), depending on whether the paper was either A4 size or D4, with the latter being a standard Chinese format. If it is the latter measurement, then that would make the PS5 a very husky console at close to 16 inches in height!
All three leaked images show the clips for the PS5 plates, leading to the reasonable speculation that they will be removable and likely offer Sony an additional revenue stream by selling officially licensed game tie-in covers. It will also encourage third-party makers to offer owners their own take on customized shells for the PS5, although it is still unclear how necessary the wings are for the console itself. Fortunately, another ResetEra forum user, Drewton, has offered up an idea of what a “naked” PS5 could look like (see below).
It’s already been mentioned by a PlayStation executive that there will be special editions of the PS5 console down the road, and it would make much more sense for Sony to sell customized PS5 plates rather than expect users to buy a whole new console just to have their favorite game artwork on it. The PS4 has custom faceplates, so it’s hardly a stretch to believe that the PS5 will have something similar.