Sony’s new PlayStation 5 model have less weight because it has a smaller heatsink

Playstation 5 heatsink update

A new PlayStation 5 model has appeared in the US, Japan and Australia

A new PS5 model quietly started to appear in Australia, Japan, and parts of the US earlier this August, with a small reduction in weight. Thanks to a teardown video from YouTuber Austin Evans, the mysterious weight reduction has now been solved, Sony has changed the heatsink that helps to cool the PlayStation 5.

The weight reduction was exactly 300 grams or 0.6 pounds and comes entirely from the new heatsink design which is significantly smaller than the original, according to Austin Evans.

It’s not clear why Sony has changed anything so early on in the PlayStation 5 lifecycle, but Evans does note that his particular unit ran hotter as a result — with rear exhaust temperatures around 3 to 5 degrees higher.

new playstation 5 heatsink

The old PS5 heat sink (left) vs. new PS5 heat sink (right) | Image: Austin Evans (YouTube)

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Evans does conclude that the changes make the PS5 worse though, due to the extra heat he recorded. That could well make the launch PS5s more desirable, if it’s something we see replicated elsewhere. “I don’t think there’s any argument that this is a worse console, at least for thermals and for cooling,” says Evans. “As far as I’m concerned I’d rather have a launch PlayStation 5.”

Evans has opened up a Digital Edition version of the PS5 as he explains in his video, so we don’t know whether Sony has also changed the cooling unit on the model with a disc drive.

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