Furniture store introduces game console mockups to help customers buy media storage units that fit

The latest generation gaming consoles certainly emphasise the ‘bigger’ in bigger and better. Pictured are the Xbox Series S (left) and Xbox Series X. — AFP RelaxNews

The worst part of the console cycle is invariably upgrading the TV cabinet to fit an even bigger machine. Luckily, Ikea is making it easier for gamers to do interior design.

Reddit user TomaccoTastesLikeGma posted a photo from the furniture seller’s showroom, displaying mockups of a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X on top of a shelf.

Fittingly, the PS5 mockup had the question “Which IKEA media storage unit will be able to fit my new, meme-ishly oversized, game console?” printed on its side.

“I have a TV stand with four shelves, not including the top that the TV actually sits on. My PS5 has to sit next to the TV because I don’t want to lie it flat. Oh first world problems, why have you forsaken me?” joked Reddit user Alifespent.

Others also chimed in with model recommendations that would fit consoles, PC towers and matching giant TVs.

Both consoles had been mocked for their size and turned into memes that compared Sony’s console to stadiums and skyscrapers, even inspiring entire editorials about how to fit it into a living room.

Taking the jokes in stride, Microsoft even made a matching X Series fridge, which had the exact same design scaled up to 182cm with probably a better cooling system.

Sony’s console literally towers over the competition at 390mm x 260 mm x 104mm, making its case about 10.5 liters in size. In comparison the chonky Xbox was 301mm x 151mm x 151mm, with a case size of about 6.86 liters.

Both next-gen consoles weigh about the same, with the PS5 tipping the scale at 4.5kg, versus the Xbox series X at 4.45kg.

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