Hardware modders on YouTube have created what’s believed to be the world’s first water-cooled PS5.
A 13-minute video from Vietnamese channel Modding Cafe details the full construction process involved in building a complete water-cooling system for Sony’s latest console, including a step-by-step walkthrough of how to deconstruct the next-gen hardware.
Of course, it's worth bearing in mind that if you attempt to do this, you'll most certainly void your PS5's warranty.
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At the end of the video (around the 12-minute mark), the presenters put their innovative system to the test, with surprisingly-effective results. The water-cooler is able to successfully stabilize the heat emitted from the PS5, limiting the hot air around the backplate of the console.
The channel also hints at constructing a variant of the cooling system for the mass market. The description to the video reads: “We are continuing to prepare for a commercial version [of the system] and also ready to integrate the water-cooled PS5 into one of our next PC builds.”
Judging by the way it looks – like a weapon belonging to Mr. Freeze – we’ll bet plenty of people would line up to have their PS5 cooled by Modding Cafe’s quirky water-based system.
It goes without saying that this isn’t the first PS5 console to receive a makeover.
Although Sony’s flagship hardware currently only ships in a basic white color variant, you’re still able to purchase custom faceplates which jazz up the aesthetic of your next-gen system. A company called dbrand offers PS5 "darkplates", which are available for $49.99 (around £40 / AU$60).
Given that we’ve seen how easy it is to dissect a PS5 system – there’s an official Sony teardown video, if trusting internet modders isn’t your thing – switching up the color of your console isn’t the daunting task it might initially seem.
Naturally, if you’d rather skip the DIY, you could always just opt for a 24K gold PS5. It costs a cool $10,000 (around £7,700 / AU$14,000), but who doesn't have that sort of cash lying around?
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