A new iteration of the PlayStation 5 has been released in Australia which reportedly makes the console lighter.
Press Start reports that the new CFI-1200 series models of the PS5 weigh less than the launch consoles, 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 3.9kg, compared to the 4.5kg of the launch version.
Meanwhile, the new CFI-1202B digital model (without the disc drive) reportedly weighs 3.4kg, compared to 3.9kg at launch.
To summarise, each model’s weight is as follows:
PS5 Standard Edition (with disc drive)
- CFI-1000A (launch) – 4.5kg
- CFI-1100A (2021) – 4.2kg
- CFI-1200A (2022) – 3.9kg
PS Digital Edition (without disc drive)
- CFI-1000B (launch) – 3.9kg
- CFI-1100B (2021) – 3.6kg
- CFI-1200B (2022) – 3.4kg
This means the new 2022 model of the PS5 standard edition now weighs the same as the Digital Edition did at launch.
It’s not yet clear what Sony has done to make the console lighter, but the 2021 models’ reduction in weight was due to a change in the heatsink used.
During an investor call last year, Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki said the company was considering various solutions to help it cope with the global shortage of hardware components, including potentially altering product designs.
Last week Sony made the “difficult decision” to increase the price of PS5 hardware in most major regions across the world.
Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico and Canada all saw price increases of up to 12.5%, with the United States being the only major region to be spared the bump in price.