The mysterious changes within Sony’s revised PlayStation 5 system have been revealed

The mysterious change within Sony's revised PlayStation 5 system has been revealed

The mysterious changes within Sony’s revised PlayStation 5 system have been revealed

Sony has released a new, revised version of their PlayStation console, one which is reportedly more lightweight than its predecessor and features a tool-free screw design for its stand, making the console more user-friendly. 

Now, the exact changes within Sony’s new revised CFI-1102A systems have been revealed, as Austin Evans, a popular YouTuber, has managed to acquire and tear down one of these new consoles. 

As we predicted in our prior article on Sony’s revised PlayStation system (link), the weight savings achieved by Sony’s revised design come primarily from the system’s revised heatsink design. Austin has confirmed that the system also contains minor internal PCB changes and alterations to the system’s WiFi card and antennas. However, the bulk of the console’s alterations concern its cooling. 

As can be seen in the Tweets below, Sony’s new PlayStation 5 consoles feature a significantly smaller heatsink setup and a redesigned cooling fan. Austin Evans reports that the air exhausted from these new PlayStation 5 systems is 3-5 degrees hotter than Sony’s older PlayStation 5 system, suggesting that the system itself runs hotter than Sony’s older PlayStation 5 systems. 

Given that Sony’s original PlayStation 5 console appears to run cooler than the system’s newer models, Austin has suggested that Sony’s older PlayStation 5 systems are the “better console”. That said, both systems will perform identically in games. Sony will have tested these design changes and their impact before shipping their new PlayStation systems in high volumes, which means that users should not be concerned about the system’s apparently reduced cooling potential. Sony will have tested these systems in-depth to avoid a potential “Red Ring of Death” failure scenario.  

As we have suggested previously (link), this newly revised PlayStation console has launched shortly after Sony’s declaration that their PlayStation 5 (disk) consoles are now profitable to produce and sell (link). This suggests that the PlayStation 5’s newfound system-level profitability comes thanks to the console’s new, cheaper to manufacture revision.

Sony’s redesigned PlayStation console should be much cheaper to produce, and the system’s new lightweight design should make shipping/distribution/logistics a lot easier for Sony. Sony is selling millions of PlayStation 5 consoles, and when products are being sold in such high volumes, a per-unit 300g mass reduction is a big deal. 

It is not unusual for manufacturers to tweak the design of their systems over time, as parts often vary in price, and it is often cheaper to switch over to more affordable parts when replacements can be sourced. Sony’s new CFI-1102A represent a more fundamental redesign of Sony’s PlayStation 5 system, dramatically altering the system’s cooling to make the system more cost-effective to produce. 

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The mysterious change within Sony's revised PlayStation 5 system has been revealed