Sony has quietly begun accepting pre-orders for the new PlayStation 5 digital game console, which is much lighter than the previous version. The new system can only be ordered in Japan at this time.
According to reports, Sony’s revised PlayStation 5 digital version (model CFI-1100B01) weighs 3.6 kg, which is 300 grams lighter than the original version power supplyThe new model also has different ways to connect the vertical bracket to the system. All other dimensions and functions of the console remain unchanged.
The new version of the Sony PlayStation 5 digital version will be available in Japan first. Some retailers are expected to start selling the product on July 20. At the same time, Sony’s PS5 digital version has been out of stock in the company’s inventory. PlayStation Store in the United States.
Game console vendors are always eager to reduce their hardware costs, because in most cases, they sell their systems at a loss. The 300-gram weight reduction clearly shows that Sony has redesigned its PlayStation 5 digital version internally, but it is not clear what the company has done to its console. 300 grams is actually a lot, and to lose them, Sony may need to install a new cooling system, PSU and/or motherboard.
One of the ways to significantly reduce the price of gaming systems is to use SoCs manufactured with thinner process technology and lower manufacturing costs. However, it is not common to convert SoCs to brand new nodes one year after the initial release, because within one year, almost all ICs will become cheaper due to higher yields. In addition, the cost of designing a new SoC is high today.
More likely, Sony (or its partner AMD) optimized the SoC’s power supply to reduce the power consumption of the chip and allow the use of lighter cooling systems and/or different PSUs. At this point, this is pure speculation. Perhaps the company redesigned the internal design of its PS5 digital version and managed to reduce the weight of all components.
We have contacted Sony for comment, and if we receive a response, we will update the story.