PlayStation 5 Unboxing – Horrid Experience

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I don’t know if you’ve had a minute to watch any of the PlayStation 5 unboxing videos today but you should definitely take a look. *Bleh* PlayStation has released the embargo on unboxing videos which means YouTube and tech sites have all been flooding the internet with these videos which include some commentary during the unboxing. If you haven’t had a chance, take a look at Marques Brownlee’s PlayStation 5 unboxing video below. Go ahead, we’ll wait

Nothing earth-shattering, in fact, pretty damn bland and unflattering. Not the video but the actual packaging. Marques does a great job going over the details of the PlayStation 5 as well as the accessories that are launching alongside the PlayStation 5 on November 12th. But about that unboxing…

Compared to the Xbox Series X unboxing, this looks more like a knock off product rather than a release from a giant tech megalith like Sony. Hell, even the Google Stadia unboxing looked nicer! For starters, the box itself appears to be as paper-thin as a Dunkin Donuts box albeit a beautifully designed one. Once opened, the PlayStation 5 is wrapped in a foam bag and held in place by two trays that may either be plastic or paper (think Mcdonald’s cup holders).

I know some of you are screaming who cares about the PlayStation 5 unboxing and “Save the planet!,” and I don’t disagree with you. The issue I have is that many gamers look to the unboxing of a new console as part of the experience. I hate to compare these next-gen consoles, but, the Xbox Series X unboxing had me wowed. Wowed to the point that I cannot wait to get a hold of my own and unbox it despite already seeing it. Of course, once these systems are meant to be unboxed and immediately displayed and enjoyed making the box a distant memory.

What do you think? Is the console unboxing part of the experience? Does it matter?

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Kevin May (TheCleverPotato)

Ugh. Seriously? I was more compelled by unboxing my kid’s Nintendo DS. This is pathetic. The difference between the Xbox packaging (and unboxing) and the PS5 unboxing is like the difference between unboxing a new iPhone and unboxing a new box of Ortega Taco shells.

Sony – you hands down lost to Microsoft on your packing. Save the planet? sure! you can still make the carboard boxes interesting, exciting and compelling. This… is just laughable.

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