Sony’s new PS5 has been completely redesigned on the inside and consumes less power

Sony's new PS5 has been completely redesigned on the inside and consumes less power
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Sony has completely revamped the internal design of its latest PS5 models. A the revised PS5 model began to appear in Australia last month, and now YouTuber Austin Evans has taken a look at the internals and has discovered many changes. Sony is using a new, smaller motherboard for the PS5, different cooling, and has even changed the SSD case.

All of these changes add up to another weight reduction, but there are no obvious changes to the exterior of the PS5. The real big change is the updated motherboard on the PS5. It’s shrunk around two inches and the PS5’s cooling is slightly different thanks to an additional heat pipe at the rear and a smaller heatsink.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a redesigned cooling solution on the PS5. Sony shipped a revised model last year with a smaller heat sink. The new motherboard and heatsink on this 2022 PS5 now weigh around 2.5 pounds according to Evans, a pound lighter than the original design.

Sony has also moved a lot of components with this new motherboard design, which means the CMOS battery is now completely hidden under the heatsink. It was exposed before, which makes it easy to change, but Evans claims that now you will have to completely disassemble a PS5 to replace the CMOS battery.

The smallest heat sink inside the new PS5 model (1200).
Image: Austin Evans (Youtube)

The SSD case has also changed in this new PS5 mode. It no longer has a full length printed circuit board and instead has exposed metal. It’s not immediately clear why Sony changed this particular part of the PS5’s design, but Evans speculates that it could help improve heat dissipation.

All of these changes could add up to some real-world benefits for the PS5. Evans claims that this new PS5 model consumes 20 to 30 watts less during games, while generating roughly the same amount of noise and heat.

“Sony cut down on almost everything, including the motherboard and internal packaging, to make it lighter and almost certainly cheaper (for them),” Evans says On twitter. The new PS5 model arrives just as Sony has raised the prices of its PS5 outside the US. Sony is raising its PS5 prices in the UK, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico and Canada. Prices are rising 10 percent in Europe, 21 percent in Japan and around 6 percent in the UK.

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