10 Amazing Hidden Console Details You Didn't Know

Squint hard enough and you'll go cross-eyed.


Sony's PlayStation 5 is now agonisingly close, so it's only natural that a watery-mouthed gaming public is eager to learn as much as possible about it.

This collective microscope trained onto the new hardware has already revealed one juicy little secret. That texture which adorns the spangly new 'Dualsense' controller? On closer inspection - and with some Rick Deckard-style zoom-and-enhance - reveals that it's actually made up of tiny little PlayStation symbols. It's utterly beautiful, and you just want to rub your face against it (not in a weird way). I suspect it has the same consistency as a car's dashboard.

This isn't the first time Sony have included a tiny, tangible reference to the PlayStation's iconography on one of their consoles. The PS4 Slim's rubber feet were likewise in the shape of triangles, squares, crosses and circles. It was equally adorable, and something you'd never notice unless you accidentally upended it.

That said, the Japanese giants aren't the only company to add such flourishes to their hardware. Going right back to the Atari VCS' wooden panels - whose weight indicated the model - console manufacturers have been leaving all sorts of jazzy hidden features about their hardware. From the useful to the ornamental, these are the snazziest.

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Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know). He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.