PlayStation 5 is notoriously big. So big, in fact, that people are worried where it'll fit in their homes — it is, after all, the largest home console ever made. It's not the end of the world, of course, and hey, you should count yourself lucky. According to PlayStation's senior art director, it could've been even bigger.
Speaking to Washington Post, Yujin Morisawa, the man responsible for PS5's design, says that initial plans were bigger than the final product. "In the beginning, when I started drawing, it was much larger even though I didn’t know what engineering was going to do," he says. "It’s kind of funny that engineering actually told me it’s too big. So, I actually had to shrink it down a little bit from the first drawing."
As for the aesthetic design itself, Morisawa says he tried to "sculpt the invisible mass in between the player and the mechanical engineering". When questioned about the divisive reaction to the PS5's looks, he says it was "a good reaction", explaining that he aims to design things that push the envelope. He also gives the thumbs up to all those memes about the PS5 looking like other things, like routers, or the Eye of Sauron. Describing it as "good energy", Morisawa says it's good people are able to liken the console to familiar things.
If you'd like to read more about Morisawa's insight on PS5, you can read more here.