Sony recently introduced a smaller lighter revision of the PlayStation 5, and it is now clear just why the console is that much easier to carry and portable. YouTube creator Austin Evans has posted a teardown that shows the revised PS5 Digital Edition (that is, the no-disc model) is using a bit smaller, likely lower-cost heatsink. While this shaves a whopping 0.66lbs off the weight only, it also raises the exhaust temperature by a few degrees as result. This may not be a major issue, as Evans did not measure the temperature of the system’s internal components. Should that exhaust temperature indicate higher operating temperatures, though, it would be worth noting if you upgrade your SSD or plan on stuffing your system into a crowded media.
There are other changes as well, including an easier-to-use stand screw and tweaked connections to the WiFi IC, although it is not clear if or how the wireless changes make a practical difference. It is also uncertain how many of these changes translate to the main version of the PS5.
The company has not officially explained its design choices for the updated version of PS5. As Evans speculates, however, the refreshed PS5 may be a cost-cutting measure that reflects lessons learned in the past months since the machine’s debut. Now that Sony knows how well the cooling and other components perform, it knows where it can afford to use cheaper, simpler parts.
In its first-quarter earnings briefing, Sony told investors it was no longer selling the disc-based PS5 due to loss — this latest design could make the Digital Edition profitable. While the choice will not thrill gamers with bitter memories of overheating Xbox 360s , it might play an important role in Sony’s long-term health reputation of its consoles.