Sony is launching a lighter PS5 model for the second year in a row

Sony is launching a lighter PS5 model for the second year in a row
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Let's open you up and see if we can get rid of some of those weighty internal components, OK?
Enlarge / Let’s open you up and see if we can get rid of some of those weighty internal components, OK?

When it launched in 2020, the PlayStation 5 wasn’t just one of the largest gaming consoles ever made. It was also one of the heaviest, with the full Disc Drive Edition weighing 4.5 kg (9.9 pounds) and the Digital Edition weighing 3.9 kg (8.6 lbs). Today, however, is the Eagle-eyed reporter at Press Start have taken note of the publication of a new range of PS5 models which weigh about 13 percent less than their launch counterparts.

The new PS5 models (CFI-1202A and B for the disc and digital versions respectively) first featured on some Japanese retail sites over the weekend with a planned start date of September 15th. But Press Start reports that the new models are currently on the shelves of many Australian retailers, complete with manuals that mark their official weight at 8.6 lbs (3.9 kg) for the Disc Drive Edition and 7.5 lbs (3, 4 kg) for the Digital Edition. According to the report, there are no other changes in the size of the case or in the listed system specifications.

Lighter and more expensive than ever

Those who follow the details of how gaming console hardware is manufactured may recall that this isn’t the first internal overhaul of PS5 hardware. The CFI-11XX models – those too first met Australia in August 2021– came in at 4.2 kg (9.25 lbs) and 3.6 kg (7.9 lbs) for their disc and digital editions, respectively. This effectively splits the weight difference between the launch model and the latest model to be launched in Australia today.

model Year CD drive Digital
CFI-10XX in 2020 4.5 kg (9.9 pounds) 3.9kg
CFI-11XX in 2021 4.2 kg (9.25 pounds) 7.9 pounds (3.6 kg)
CFI-12XX in 2022 3.9kg 7.5 pounds (3.4 kg)

Later tests showed that last year’s weight loss was due to this a smaller, redesigned heatsink that seemed Improving the heat dissipation of the console. It’s not immediately clear what makes the latest models lighter, though supplier-related reports from the beginning of the year indicate that Sony is targeting a new 6nm production process for the system’s AMD-made CPU. Except that it might help Manufacturing Yields, this change could also have been part of an internal redesign, featuring fewer weighty parts than in the past (or just an even better, lighter heatsink). The Australian launch of the new PS5 model comes days after Sony increased the suggested retail price of the PS5 by up to 13 percent in many non-US regions, including Australia. Interestingly, the Japanese price hike is set to take effect on September 15th, the same day that Japanese retailers announce the launch of the new CFI-1200 model.

Both editions of the PS5 have shown an almost linear weight loss pattern in less than two years on the market. If these trends continue at the same rates, the PS5 Disc Drive Edition will weigh exactly zero pounds on August 31, 2034, while the Digital Edition will reach zero gravity on March 20, 2035. Frankly, we see no reason to doubt the eventual release of a mass-free PS5 in the plenitude of time.

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