The teardown of the PlayStation 5 and its DualSense controller was released by iFixit and it goes into much more specifics than the one Sony did earlier this year. The company for gadget repair found that the console has a lot of screws keeping it together and that removing the optical drive is a strange catch.
The optical drive turns out to be software-locked to the motherboard. Presumably, the actual swap is a piece of cake, but any substitute you put in will not read the disk, so you will be sending it to Sony if your optical drive fails. It is a bummer, particularly for me with PlayStation optical drives, I have had bad luck, and the only drive I have not had to repair is the one on my PS4.
However, no sweat for the owners of the diskless Digital version, and as we have seen previously, when the console eventually embraces it, adding an additional SSD will be easy: it only requires unclipping a single side panel and taking out a screw.
The teardown also offers some inside glimpse at the power supply (above), which was not previously revealed to us by Sony. It is still surprising to me as someone who is dabbled in PC gaming when I am informed of the PlayStation 5 having only a 350W power supply (and it uses as little as 200 of those watts under load!)
Turning to the DualSense controller, iFixit discovered that it is surprisingly simple to swap its battery, which is nice given that it still uses an internal Li-ion that will weaken over time. At 5.7 watt-hours, it is also huge, compared to the 3.7Wh pack in the DualShock 4. They must be thirsty for these adaptive stimuli and haptic feedback engines. The incredible screw drive that drives those adaptive stimuli is just another look at us.
What I do not see is a simple way to unscrew the LEDs that cover the touchpad of the DualSense. This may be a niche thing, however I truly hated the light on the DualShock 4, and I still wish Sony would allow you to turn it off or let screwdriver-handy gamers unhook it without too much hassle while the new one is not as irritating.
To see much more images, you can move over to iFixit is teardown page. And if you’d like a sense of what it would be like to take the machines apart without risking what is now a $1,000 console, efficiently), the company has given videos of the teardowns that you can experience down.