In Australia, a new version of the PlayStation 5 was released. It is said to be lighter.
Press Start reports that new CFI-1200 series PS5 models weigh less than launch consoles. The standard edition with disc drive is now lighter than the digital edition.
The manuals that came with each console version state that the new CFI-1202A standard disc-based console is 3.9kg lighter than the 4.5kg launch model.
The new CFI-1202B digital model, without the disc drive, is now 3.4kg in weight, as opposed to 3.9kg at the launch.
This is the second time that the PS5 hardware has been made lighter. The launch version of the PS5 hardware was released in July 2021. Sony’s CFI-1100 series also came out, and it weighed less than its predecessor.
To summarise, each model’s weight is as follows:
PS5 Standard Edition (with a 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
The new PS5 standard edition 2022 now weighs the exact same as the Digital Edition 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.
Hiroki Totoki, Sony’s Chief Financial Officer, said that during an investor call last year the company was exploring various solutions to deal with the global shortage in hardware components. This could include potentially changing product designs.
Last week Sony made the “difficult decision” to increase the price of PS5 hardware in most major regions across the world.
Prices rose by up to 12.5% in Europe, Japan and China, as well as Australia, Mexico, Mexico, Canada, and Australia. The United States was the only major country that did not experience the price increase.
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