A lighter PS5 review has just been released in Australia, cutting precious grams off Sony’s cumbersome flagship console.
The PS5 is a notoriously heavy kit, but these latest revisions have cut some of the fat. The new disc version of the PS5 weighs 3.9kg, weighing in at 300g lighter than the revised 2021 console. Meanwhile, the PS5 Digital Edition comes in at 3.4kg – 200g lighter than the previous digital revision.
After two iterations of hardware in so many years, Sony has managed to reduce the weight of its one-box beast. If you own the launch model of the PS5, your console weighs 4.5kg in comparison. The initial PS5 Digital Edition wasn’t much lighter, weighing in at 3.9kg. Each model has had its weight reduced by at least half a kilo, which is quite significant.
But what makes each PS5 review lighter? The 2021 revisions featured a smaller heatsink to reduce the console’s weight a bit. The downside was that the console got a little hotter as a result, which caused some speculation as to whether the overhaul performed worse than its predecessor.
We hope this can also be the case with the latest revision. But there may also be changes to other internal components so as not to put too much strain on the heatsink.
New PS5, same old problems?
We still don’t know how long it will take for this latest PS5 review to release globally. But the fact that it’s only available immediately in Australia leads us to think it won’t solve the console’s notorious shortage.
While it’s possible that using lighter or cheaper components means Sony is able to make more units, the difference is unlikely to be that significant. And there are a number of reasons for that.
The global semiconductor shortage is still ongoing and is expected to last beyond 2023. It also doesn’t help that supply chains are still struggling, thanks to that and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The only bright side to all of this is that Sony has stated its intention to ramp up PS5 production for the holiday season. And this latest console overhaul could be part of that plan.
Still, that doesn’t mean the PS5 availability issues are resolved. It doesn’t help that Sony has raised the price of the PS5 in territories that are in control of a cost-of-living crisis. So even though this lighter review has a positive correlation to PS5 availability, the console’s rising cost has certainly put it out of reach for a significant number of consumers.