Update: Eurogamer.net notes that the new PS5 model has quietly rolled out in the UK as well. The website published photographs sent in by a reader, showcasing the updated model's infamous new screw. The console was purchased from Smyth's Toys over the weekend, confirming that Sony is now distributing this lighter model in the UK as well.
Original Story: You may recall last month we reported on documentation for a revised PlayStation 5 model, which was first uploaded to the organisation’s Japanese website. Now, it looks like it’s quietly gone on sale, with Australian website Press-Start noting that the lighter hardware units have been spotted down under. Curiously, the updated SKU in this instance is the Blu-ray unit, while the aforementioned manual referred to the Digital Edition.
So, what’s changed with this model, then? Well, not a massive amount, in truth. The model number is different to begin with: launch units carried the CFI-1XXX naming convention, while this update has the CFI-11XX convention. The most obvious alteration is to the screw which is used to attach the system to its stand: this has been updated to a thumb screw, so you’ll no long need to use a screwdriver or any other tools.
It's also a fair bit lighter, to the tune of 3.6kg. It’s unclear if there are any other changes, but presumably they’re minor if they are. It’s worth noting that it’s not uncommon for Sony to refresh its hardware shortly after launch: a minor post-release revision to the PS4 reduced its power draw and replaced its HDD bay cover with a matte plastic panel as opposed to its glossy launch flap.
In this particular instance, the manufacturer has been battling to meet PS5 stock demand, with device still selling out. The company has said that it will be able to fulfil its production targets in the short-term, and so it’s possible some of the changes made to this model will help it to achieve that.
[source press-start.com.au, via videogameschronicle.com]
I'm a hundred percent certain I didn't use a screwdriver to attach the stand. They include a tool to attach it? If not then I definitely didn't use anything.
@Milktastrophe I just used a nickel
@Milktastrophe If you go horizontal, then it just sits in the stand like it’s floating. I think the screw is only if you put it vertical, unless I’m mistaken.
I haven't used the stand that came with the PS5 for a while. Stupid thing was always getting in the way anyway.
I’d be interested to see a side by side technical performance comparison of the two units. Frame rates, load times etc. Hopefully someone puts one up on YouTube. Or the good folks at Push Square do one
@Th3solution Screw is for vertical only.
@Milktastrophe It's only needed for vertical but pretty sure I used my fingers to tighten.
@Milktastrophe Like others have said, it's doable by hand. You can really tighten it with a coin or key or whatever if you want to. The slot's pretty wide.
3.6kg? Those launch heatsinks must have been made out of iron!
For once Australia doesn’t get shafted. Hooray.
I used a coin. It worked.
I used a power drill and the screw broke. So now I use my PS5 in horizontal only. Wouldn't want the PS5 falling over and killing my family.
3.6KG? You sure that shouldn't be 3.6g?
@Th3solution @themcnoisy I think I just put mine on. I don't even remember tightening it....
I just hope they release a slim model that doesn't require a stand.
I mean I know people like the design but I don't.
It's too big, almost as big as an ITX PC and what genius designed it to require a stand in horizontal orientation?
Every time I move the console for dusting the stand unclips and because of the awkward position and weight of it in my glass TV unit it's a pain to put it back in position.
I saw the PS5 for real now it looks great its a little big but Silent to. 😁
@GADG3Tx87 I have that issue horizontally with the unit popping off the stand if I try to slightly move it.
The stand has a good grip because of rubber, but the PS5 only slightly fits onto the base.
@ZoSo Here's Forbes: "The system has lost 300 grams, dropping the PS5 down from 3.9 kg to 3.6 kg."
@munkholt Wow, so it's getting closer to the PS4 Pro weight and yet it's almost 4 times the size?!?
Was really hoping for a smaller case.
@sanderson72 actually, PS5 in horizontal position is wider, than ps4 but shorter in depth than PS4. It fits in my TV stand much better than ps4.
The design is quite smart and I appreciate it.
I was finally able to order a PS5 last week and will get it delivered today. I'm so happy now
Regarding versions; I seem to remember the PS4 got a new wifi antenna installed in the new version just months after release. I for one had to return my first ps4 with the glossy launch flap, because the wifi signal was extremely weak and jumped up and down and leaving the console useless without a cable. I got the matte plastic one when switching (this was all back in october 2014 almost a year after launch) and the wifi signal was and has always been, 100% after that.
Don't know much about shipping. But I expect it will save Sony money shipping thousands of PS5's due to the decrease in weight of the container.
Hoping by 2023, a smaller redesigned version will be announced. Although the miniaturisation of the PS2 remains Sony’s most impressive work.
Was it really that tricky initially for people to unscrew the stand!?!?
I simply used my fingernail to unscrew it.
I found a third party stand/feet earlier while browsing that looks and likely performs much better for us horizontal users. It's unfortunately unavailable at the moment but I've bookmarked it to keep an eye on the stock.
Take a look.
'so you’ll no long need to use a screwdriver or any other tools' Thank God for that because according to the other Fanboys it was to difficult for anyone to use a Screwdriver I am interested to see what it's like tho. Hmm YouTube time... (if it's on there yet)
@kingbreww Sounds like the internals are identical, just some alterations to the form factor. Unless overheating is an issue with the update for some reason, performance should be identical.
@Spiders yeh I’d have thought it would be, and I know they will say it is but I’d need to see it. My sneaking suspicion is there could possibly be a slight reduction in quality and therefore performance with the new model. Maybe not, but workarounds because of parts shortages don’t lend to anything but
@kingbreww Literally the same hardware, save for the screw and being 300g lighter. Possibly a revised PSU and some other materials being subbed for lighter alternatives.
@RubyCarbuncle You should use it if you have the ps5 disc version horizontal. You risk damaging it.
@PlayNation5 subbed not because they’re better, because it’s all there is that’s available. If you don’t believe the same components can be a different quality you are mad
@Loftimus Eurogamer say 300g lighter in their article which makes more sense
@kingbreww I'm inclined to agree. It'd be one thing if they were "we've found a better way to do it" subs but in reality these redesigns are driven by scarcity.* Not saying the two are mutually exclusive but some skepticism isn't unreasonable imo.
*Edit: okay maybe not the screw bit
A NEW SCREW???
Wow Sony is trolling the tech guys.
Hope they feel ok 🥸
@zupertramp exactly. Definitely warrants a comparison test. Personally I hope there’s no difference between the two models and even if there is I reckon it would only be a couple of percent. But you never know, that’s why knowledge is power and all that jazz 👌
A 300g difference is pretty significant. I hope iFixit or someone quickly opens one up and figures out what changed.
So did the early adopters get screwed, or are the revision buyers getting screwed?
@NEStalgia seeing as though the changes have been made because the parts they want aren’t available so they’ve had to make a workaround with some new components I’d say it’s more likely it’s the new adopters who will get a slightly inferior product. Keen as to see for sure tho. Speculation ain’t ***** after all
@Bleachedsmiles I have the digital version so I'm good. Discs just cause too much clutter in a bedroom anyway and my bedroom is full of games as it is.
@kingbreww yeah I'd be more concerned with console longevity than performance but I suppose that may be harder to know for sure for a while.
That said I'd probably still buy the newer model if needed.
@GADG3Tx87 I thought I had come to terms with the look of it and by the time I got it, I was quietly looking forward to having my 'chunky boi' but I HATE it in horizontal orentation and had to change it to vertical, so now it stands on a tile on the carpet on the floor next to media center and as much as I hate that I like it better than it horizontal. Srsly, when a slim is released it's getting bought.
@Iroha I just had an epiphany that maybe this was their plan all along. Launch a hideously clunky console (in the name of artistic merit) then when a slim gets released everybody feels obligated to buy another. Even the people who "love" the PS5s current design will buy another cause the slim will be black, watch.
@zupertramp word. As long as all this ***** is sorted out by the time the pro model comes out it won’t even affect me as I have a launch Ps5 and will update only when a significantly better version is released. Presuming they do make one, which I’d say they will. Wonder with the delays if it will be longer than 3 years after launch this time
Was the screw really an issue?
Who doesn't have a screwdriver, coin, or a butter knife but bought a PS5?
There are lots of things that could have been used. Plus, like someone mentioned above, I thought the system came with a tool for the screw.
I can see if they went with a less common screw head like a torx, hex, or square bit, as many people may not have those. 🤷♂️
@FX102A I already own a PS5 but would gladly double dip on a Slimmer model, especially if there's a improvement in hardware design.
@Loftimus Most likely copper replaced with aluminium
Be interesting to see the innards of the new model and in particular the power area where coil whine issues have been reported to be coming from.
@NEStalgia I have the same concern. I wish someone make a YouTube video comparing both to see what really changed.
@kingbreww Yep, I'm waiting for this out of stock thing resolves by 2022, and I hope they make the PS5 Slim by then.
@EJ11 FYI the slim version of the Ps4 was just a tick over 3 years after when the Ps4 was released. So by that measure it won’t be out till the start of 2024. Though I doubt they’d want to miss the Christmas rush so probs Christmas 2023 perhaps. But due to the shortages I wouldn’t be surprised if this time the wait is longer for the slim and the pro. They were both released almost at the same time for Ps4. And I hear shortages are expected into 2023
The new version has a smaller heat sink which generates more heat, as much as 3c-5c - https://www.theverge.com/2021/8/29/22646963/sony-new-ps5-model-lighter-smaller-heatsink-teardown
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