With the PS5 you can expect a quiet console, the cooling of which can be further be optimized in the coming years. Firmware updates can help with this, as Sony has indicated.
It seems that Sony’s goal is to keep tweaking the console even after it’s launch in November. In an interview with 4Gamer (shared via ResetEra), Yasuhiro Otori, the head of the PS5’s mechanical and thermal design team, emphasized that Sony is continuously collecting data on the performance of the PS5 fan and based on this data further adjustments via firmware updates will be made.
“Various games will be released in the future, and data on the APU’s (Accelerated Processing Unit) behaviour in each game will be collected,” he said. “We have a plan to optimise the fan control based on this data.”
4Gamer goes on to say that the PS5 has three temperature sensors installed on the motherboard to control the fan speed based on the internal temperature of the APU and the highest temperature of the three temperature sensors. These fan control parameters that are updated via firmware updates.
So it seems that Sony is putting a tremendous effort into making the PS5’s cooling system as efficient as possible. We will find out what background noise the console will be generating in November at the latest. In some countries around the world, the new Sony console will be released on November 12, 2020. A week later it will release worldwide.
Further pre-orders are apparently no longer accepted – in contrast to the Xbox Series X. Microsoft emphasized in a tweet at the weekend that interested parties will soon get more information.