A new version of the PlayStation 5 has been released in Australia which reportedly makes the console lighter.
Press Start reports that the new PS5 CFI-1200 series models weigh less than the consoles at launch, to the extent that the standard edition with the disc drive is now as light as the digital edition was at launch. .
According to the manuals provided with each version of the console, the new CFI-1202A model of the standard disc-based console weighs 3.9 kg, compared to 4.5 kg for the launch version.
Meanwhile, the new CFI-1202B digital model (without the disk drive) weighs 3.4kg, compared to 3.9kg at launch.
This is the second time the PS5 hardware has been overhauled to make it lighter. In July 2021, Sony released its CFI-1100 series, which also weighed less than the launch versions.
In summary, the weight of each model is as follows:
PS5 Standard Edition (with disc drive)
- CFI-1000A (launch) – 4.5kg
- IFC-1100A (2021) – 4.2kg
- IFC-1200A (2022) – 3.9kg
PS Digital Edition (no disc drive)
- CFI-1000B (launch) – 3.9kg
- IFC-1100B (2021) – 3.6kg
- IFC-1200B (2022) – 3.4kg
This means that the new 2022 model of the PS5 standard edition now weighs the same as the digital edition at launch.
It’s not yet clear what Sony has done to make the console lighter, but the weight reduction of the 2021 models was due to a change in the heat sink used.
During an investor call last year, Sony Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki said the company was considering various solutions to help it deal with global shortages of hardware components, including the possibility of altering product designs.
Last week, Sony made the “difficult decision” to increase the price of PS5 hardware in most major regions of the world.
Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico and Canada saw price increases of up to 12.5%, with the United States being the only major region spared from the price increase.