Monday, May 16, 2022

Does the new PS5 model weigh less?

Does the new PS5 model weigh less?
Does the new PS5 model weigh less?

The new PS5 model hit the markets of Japan, Australia, and parts of the US earlier this month, with a new stand design and a mysterious reduction in weight. The mystery has now been solved: thanks to a quite literal teardown video by YouTuber Austin Evans. Sony seems to have changed the heatsink that helps cool the PS5.  

The newer PS5 model houses a significantly smaller heat sink than that of its predecessor. It contributes to the entire weight reduction of nearly 300 grams, as per Evans. The reason behind Sony’s motive for swapping the heatsink so early in the PS5’s lifecycle isn’t clear. According to Evans’s observations, his unit was running hotter as a result with rear exhaust temperatures around 3 to 5 degrees higher. That could be attributed to manufacturing variance, though.

What is the heatsink in the new PS5 model?

As the name suggests, Sony uses the heatsink to cool the PS5. The console has a heat pipe with a shape and airflow that’s designed aimed to create the same level of performance as a vapor chamber. The reason for its overall size PS5 is the heatsink, hard copper plate, and aluminum dissipation fins. It’s somewhat interesting to see Sony reduce the size of this part. It could be Sony’s first step towards making a smaller model PS5, currently, PS5 is the biggest game console in modern history.  

If we had to make a choice between the recent release of PS5 or the launch PS5, we’d gladly go with the launch PS5. Despite being lighter than the launch PS5, the recent one accumulates more heat, which could be a major turnoff. Sony was struggling to keep the costs of PS5 down thanks in part to its expensive cooling solution.  

Evan did open up the PS5, but it was a Digital Edition version of the PS5, so whether Sony has also changed the cooling unit on the model with a disc drive isn’t quite guaranteed. If you liked this article (or if it helped at all), leave a comment below or share it with friends, so they can also know about Sony’s new PS5.  

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