At its launch in 2020, the PlayStation 5 was not only one of the largest game consoles ever made. It was also one of the heaviest, with the full-fledged Disc Drive Edition weighing in at 9.9 pounds (4.5 kg) and the Digital Edition weighing in at 8.6 lbs (3.9 kg). Today, however, the astute Press Start reporters noticed the release of a new set of PS5 models that 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 appeared on some Japanese shopping sites over the weekend with a scheduled launch date of September 15. But Press Start reports that the new models are currently on the shelves at many Australian retailers, including manuals with their official weights of 3.9kg for the Disc Drive Edition and 3.4kg for the digital edition. According to the report, there are no other visible changes in the size of the system’s chassis or the stated system specifications.
Lighter and more expensive than ever
Those who follow the details of the hardware production of game consoles may remember that this is not the first internal revision of the PS5 hardware. The CFI-11XX models – which also reached 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 model and the latest model reaching Australia today.
|Fashion model||Year||disk drive||Digital|
|CFI-10XX||2020||9.9 pounds (4.5 kg)||8.6 pounds (3.9 kg)|
|CFI-11XX||2021||9.25 lb (4.2 kg)||7.9 pounds (3.6 kg)|
|CFI-12XX||2022||8.6 pounds (3.9 kg)||7.5 pounds (3.4 kg)|
Subsequent testing showed last year’s weight reduction was due to a smaller, redesigned heatsink that seemed to improve the console’s heat dissipation. It is not immediately clear what makes the latest models lighter, but supplier-sourced reports from earlier in the year suggest that Sony was moving towards a new, 6nm manufacturing process for the system’s AMD-made CPU. As well as potentially helping production yields, that change could have been part of an internal redesign with less 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 raised the MSRP of the PS5 by up to 13 percent in many non-US regions, including Australia. Interestingly, the Japanese price hike will take effect on September 15, 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 those trends continue at the same pace, the Disc Drive edition of the PS5 will weigh exactly zero pounds on August 31, 2034, while the digital edition will go weightless on March 20, 2035. Frankly, we see no reason to doubt the eventual release of a mass-free PS5 in the fullness of time.