This PlayStation 5 water-cooling unit costs more than the console itself
Recently, the EK-QuantumX CoolingStation Monoblock for the PlayStation 5 made its way to the Japanese market. But users have an issue with this peculiar piece of tech – in Japan, it costs more than a brand-new PS5.
The EK-QuantumX CoolingStation Monoblock is a water-cooling system manufactured by EK, and it’s made exclusively for the PS5. The Monoblock covers the console entirely from front to back, providing cooling for core components. It promises reduced fan noise and consistent temperatures while being “sleek” and stylish.
This unique piece of hardware was first revealed about two months ago, and it has recently hit Japanese tech stores, but Japanese users couldn’t help but notice an ironic detail – the product’s price tag. The CoolingStation Monoblock is priced at 85,000 yen, which is well over the suggested retail price of a brand-new Play Station 5 (59,980 yen). It might be worth noting here that in the US, the Monoblock, albeit still pricy at $449.99, doesn’t set you back more than the console itself.
Furthermore, users also noted that the Monoblock requires additional parts such as a pump to circulate coolant and a radiator with fans to dissipate heat. Its installation requires you to disassemble your PS5 at your own risk too, so the product was not exactly met with an eager market.
At the same time, the EK-QuantumX CoolingStation Monoblock is a niche product, most likely manufactured with modders in mind rather than the average video game player.