One of the top trending videos on YouTube right now, a teardown of the revised PlayStation 5 model, claims that the console is “worse”. So just what’s the deal with the lighter PS5 that’s gone on sale in countries like Australia and even the UK over the past month or so? Well, in addition to the new thumb screw, hardware boffin Austin Evans’ video reveals that the heat sink has also changed.
Throughout the 13 minute teardown, the presenter makes a lot of observations: power draw is practically identical, and he claims that the new model is marginally quieter than the original – although it’s not going to be something you’ll notice. However, using a temperature reader, he spots that the new PS5’s exhaust is outputting roughly three degrees Celsius more heat than its predecessor.
It’s important to note here that he only measures the exhaust: not the internals itself. A console’s cooling solution is designed to extract as much heat as possible, so this in itself is not necessarily a bad thing. Evans hypothesises, however, that the change in temperature could be down to the fact that the device is simply running hotter overall, although we’ll need to wait for further testing to be sure of that.
His assumption is somewhat sound as side-by-sides of the heat sink do show a clear reduction in materials and an alteration in assembly parts. This could be a cost-cutting measure on Sony’s part, or it could simply be a case of it needing to source different components during the coronavirus pandemic. Given the popularity of this video, the firm will probably have to come out and comment.
Unfortunately, while the core information in the clip is interesting, the framing of it has led to out-of-context snippets being shared all over social media. If you’re in the market for a PS5, then don’t be put off by this video. Yes, the console clearly has some internal changes, but there’s nowhere near enough evidence here to suggest it’s going to face overheating issues, as is being implied.