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Can the PS5 lie horizontally on its side?

Ps5 Horizonal With Dualsense
Ps5 Horizonal With Dualsense (Image credit: Sony)

Can the PS5 lie horizontally on its side?

Best answer: Yes. Although the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition were displayed vertically during their initial announcement, both can lie horizontally. However, you'll need to use the included base to position your console.

Can the PS5 lie on its side?

Just like its predecessor, the PS5 can lie flat on its side. However, consumers were confused, thinking the PS5 could only stand vertically because it was shown in that position during its initial announcement. Nonetheless, the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition can be positioned horizontally.

Does the PS5 need a base to lie horizontally?

Yes, you'll need to use the base to lie the PS5 horizontally. This is likely due to the PS5's outer shell's natural curve. Sony states that the base is included with the console, so you won't need to purchase it separately. When lying the PS5 horizontally or positioning it vertically, you'll need to use the base, which can be adjusted by unscrewing it, as seen in the official PS5 breakdown.

If you're not exactly sure how to attach the PS5 base, we've got you covered. It's a simple process that just requires a screwdriver, but you'll need to do it no matter how you choose to position the console.

Can the PS5 stand vertically?

Yes. It requires the aforementioned stand, but the PS5 can also be placed vertically. Good luck finding somewhere to fit it, though, because it's really tall — maybe even too tall for some entertainment stands.

How big is the PS5?

The PS5 is pretty beefy. Its official dimensions measure at a taller height and longer length than the Xbox Series X.

  • PS5: Approx. 15.4x4.1x10.2 inches (widthxheightxdepth) (excludes largest projection, excludes base)
  • PS5 Digital Edition: Approx. 15.4x 3.6x10.2 inches (widthxheightxdepth) (excludes largest projection, excludes base)

Sideways gaming

While standing the PS5 vertically may be most people's preferred choice, it is useful to know that it can be placed on its side. The stand to make this possible is included with the console, and fitting it is luckily a pretty simple process. Of course, the large dimensions of the PS5 can determine whether or not you need to display it vertically or horizontally depending on your home setup, but it is great to know that you have options. 

The PS5 is currently available, though you may have difficulty finding one in stock for the time being. The delivery of preorders may also be slow, depending on your country.

Jennifer Locke
Games Editor - PlayStation, Android, VR

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life. You can find her posting pictures of her dog and obsessing over PlayStation and Xbox, Star Wars, and other geeky things.

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