Previously, Sony launched the PlayStation 5 in 2020, just one of the most significant games ever made. However, it was also one of the bulkiest, with the full-fledged Disc Drive Edition weighing in at 9.9 pounds (4.5 kg) and the Digital Edition hitting 8.6 lbs (3.9 kg).
Today, the observant reporters at Press Start have noted the launch of a new set of PS5 models, which is about 13 percent less in weight than their launch counterparts.
The latest PS5 models first appeared on some Japanese retail sites over the weekend with a planned September 15 launch date. But Press Start reports that the new models are on shelves in many Australian retailers, including manuals listing their official weights 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, no other changes are apparent in the size of the system’s casing or the listed system specs.
|CFI-10XX||2020||9.9lbs (4.5kg)||8.6lbs (3.9kg)|
|CFI-11XX||2021||9.25lbs (4.2 kg)||7.9 lbs (3.6 kg)|
|CFI-12XX||2022||8.6lbs (3.9 kg)||7.5lbs (3.4 kg)|
The CFI-11XX models, which also hit Australia first in August 2021, came in at 9.25 lbs (4.2 kg) and 7.9 lbs (3.6 kg) for their Disc and Digital Editions, respectively. That effectively splits the weight difference between the launch and the newest model hitting Australia today.
After testing, the new model of PS5 showed that last year’s weight reduction was due to a smaller, redesigned heat sink that appeared to improve the console’s heat dissipation. Although, it’s not immediately understood what makes the newest models lighter.
Still, the resorts from the suppliers suggested that Sony was moving toward a new, 6 nm production process for the system’s AMD-made CPU. However, it could help with manufacturing yields, so the change could also have been part of an internal redesign that sports minimum significant features than in the past.
On the other hand, the Australian launch of the new PS5 model comes days after Sony raised the suggested retail price of the PS5 by up to 13 percent in many non-US regions, including Australia.
More interestingly, the Japanese price increase is set to go into effect on September 15, the same day Japanese retailers list for the launch of the new CFI-1200 model.
Meanwhile, both Editions of the PS5 have shown a nearly extended weight-loss pattern in less than two years on the market. And, if those trends continue at the same rates, the Disc Drive Edition of the PS5 will weigh exactly zero pounds on August 31, 2034, with the Digital Edition hitting weightlessness on March 20, 2035.