AN INFLUENCER has bought the world’s biggest PlayStation 5 – a fully functional console standing 10ft tall and weighing 230 kilos.
In a recent video, American YouTube star Zachary “ZHC” Hsieh said that he purchased the bonkers contraption coupled with a gigantic, working controller for $70,000 (£50,000).
ZHC, who boasts over 19million subscribers on the video platform, said he then spent 100 hours customising the behemoth with a colourful paint job.
It’s apparently 100 times larger than a bog standard PS5, which Sony launched in November 2020.
“The crazy thing is, this PS5 actually works,” the 22-year-old said in a video uploaded to YouTube this month.
“These controllers actually control everything you see on the screen.”
In the video, ZHC showed off the machine’s capabilities, including footage of him playing Minecraft using the immense Dualsense controller.
The joysticks are so large that he has to move them with his palms.
According to GQ, the towering PS5 is the largest workable console ever made and is certified as such by the Guinness Book of World Records.
ZHC bought the beast for its starring role in a charity competition, with the YouTuber facing off against a team of artists to customise the console.
They had 100 hours to create the best custom artwork on each face of the machine, with the winners bagging themselves a bundle of 50 regular PS5s.
“Obviously they only need one each, so the rest of these will be going to Children in Need,” ZHC explained in the February 1 upload.
In the end, ZHC won after a panel of three influencer judges deemed his painting to be the best.
The YouTuber promised to give away the huge PS5 to celebrate his victory.
Sony launched two versions of the PlayStation 5 in the US on November 12, 2020, and in the UK on November 19.
The full PS5 costs £449/$499, while a Digital Edition without a disc tray is priced at £359/$399.
They’re up against the Xbox Series X (£449) and Xbox Series S (£249), which hit shelves worldwide on November 10.
All four consoles have seesawed in and out of stock in the months since release, with fresh batches frequently selling out within minutes.
Shortages are thought to have been caused by productions hiccups sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as sky-high demand led by gamers twiddling their thumbs under Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.
Both Sony and Microsoft have said they hope to ramp up production in 2021.
The PS5 launched with major exclusive games like Spider-Man Miles Morales and a revamped version of Dark Souls for players to enjoy.
Xbox gamers, on the other hand, have a new Halo title to look forward to later this year.
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