It ends up that the optical drive is software-locked to the motherboard. The physical swap is obviously a breeze, however any replacement you put in wont check out disks, so if your optical drive fails youll be sending it to Sony. Its a bummer, particularly for me: Ive had horrible luck with PlayStation optical drives, and the only drive I have not needed to replace is the one on my PS4 (which was just a few years of ages when I sold it).
iFixit has actually launched its teardown of the PlayStation 5 and its DualSense controller– and it goes into much more information than the one Sony did earlier this year. The gizmo repair business found that the console has a load of screws holding it together, and that theres an unusual catch to changing the optical drive.
What I do not see is a simple way to unhook the LEDs that surround the DualSenses touchpad. This might be a niche thing, however I absolutely hated the light on the DualShock 4, and while the new one isnt as irritating, I still wish Sony would let you turn it off or let screwdriver-handy players unhook it without so much fuss.
No sweat for the owners of the discless Digital edition, though– and as weve seen formerly, adding an extra SSD is going to be simple when the console finally supports it: it just includes unclipping a single side panel and taking out a screw.
You can head over to iFixits teardown page to see much more images. And if you want a feel for what taking apart the gadgets might be like (without risking whats now efficiently a $1,000 console), the company has actually offered videos of the teardowns that you can enjoy below.
Turning to the DualSense controller, iFixit found its battery is reasonably simple to replace– which is excellent considering it still uses an internal Li-ion thatll break down over time. We likewise get another appearance at the amazing screw drive that powers those adaptive triggers.
The teardown likewise provides a within look at the power supply (above), which Sony didnt show us before. As somebody whos messed around in PC gaming, its constantly shocking to me when Im advised of the PS5 just has a 350W power supply (and it utilizes as few as 200 of those watts under load!).
Turning to the DualSense controller, iFixit discovered its battery is fairly easy to replace– which is great considering it still utilizes an internal Li-ion thatll deteriorate over time.
The company also launched a always-fun X-ray of the PS5Photo: Creative Electron (through iFixit).
To me, the inside of the controller looks better than Cyberpunk does on the console.Photo: iFixit.
The physical swap is obviously a piece of cake, but any replacement you put in wont read disks, so if your optical drive fails youll be sending it to Sony. Its a disappointment, especially for me: Ive had terrible luck with PlayStation optical drives, and the only drive I have not had to replace is the one on my PS4 (which was only a few years old when I offered it).