Sony has updated the PS5 and it is now going live in Japan and Australia. The original PS5 weighs in at 3,828g and the updated version of the PS5 weighs in at 3,541g. It weighs in lighter because of the smaller heatsinks in it. This was recently discovered in a teardown video by a well-known Youtuber Austin Evans.
Sony’s Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki revealed a couple of weeks ago, that they are no longer selling the PS5 at a loss. This is the disk drive edition that sells for USD 499. The digital version which goes for USD 399 is going to compensate its losses with other hardware sales including peripherals and the PS4.
The first noticeable difference in the teardown video was with the stand screws. You can easily rotate the screws of the newer PS5 with your fingers whilst you would need a screwdriver for the original model.
Moving on to the heat dissipation on the PS5, the newer model runs 3-4 degrees Celsius warmer than the older model. This is not a one-time event, the newer model consistently runs warmer. While this might not seem like a lot, in the long run, it does affect your machine. Another thing to note is the power drawn on the older PS5 is 225W while on the newer model it is 230W. The difference in the power drawn can also be because it supports Variable Boost Frequency.
There are quite a few differences in the PCB of both the PS5s as well. You might have noticed in the above image that the heatsinks look like they are half the size of the previous models on the new PS5. The difference of 300g is because of the smaller heatsinks.
This helps in saving a good margin as the materials are cut short. In our PC Build article, we discussed how the prices of copper were significantly higher than before which led to an increase of PC parts the same notion applies here. The lesser the materials used, the higher the profit margins.
While this might not be the sole reason for Sony making profits on the PS5, this does has a significant impact on the overall margin.
What are your thoughts on Sony’s move on making the PS5 lighter while compromising on the heat sink and maybe the overall life cycle of the PS5? Do let us know in the comments below.