PlayStation 5, the new model has a small problem

PlayStation 5, the new model has a small problem

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Although the absence of the PlayStation 5 in stores is now making itself felt more than it should in just under a year after its release, Sony continues to overhaul the console. Nothing new under the sun: every company can change its hardware on the run, not so much in the components and in the shape but more in the form of small tweaks. The Japanese giant obviously did it also with its latest console, but introducing a small problem noticed by the YouTuber aficionado of technology Austin Evans.

The first difference that leaps to the eye (or rather, to the arms) is the weight. In fact, the new PlayStation 5 is about 300 grams lighter. Beyond another modification, such as the screw for the base, the revision (currently on sale only in Japan and Australia) has a heat dissipation problem. Evans has in fact used a chamber that allows the detection of heat, noting that the original model heats less than this new model. In “numerical” terms, the revision increases its degrees by as much as 5 degrees compared to the old model.

The reason behind this choice? The heatsink. As demonstrated by Evans (who dismantled both consoles), in fact, the heat sink is very small in size. This choice "justifies" (or rather, explains) the increase in temperatures in the new PlayStation 5 model. At the moment it is still early to understand what it means in terms of performance, while in terms of weight we have already ascertained how crucial it is to make the least heavy console, even if only of a few grams.

As we said above, we do not yet know how much the new PlayStation 5 can be affected by this change in performance. A more important picture will only take place in the next few months, when the console revision will be available all over the world and not only in the Japanese and Australian territories.

Looking for something to play on PS5? Your attention may turn to Returnal.

There's already a new version of the PlayStation 5, and it's got a very small but critical change

Somehow, against all odds, this person managed to not only buy a PlayStation 5 but to buy one in person at a retail store. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images

  • Less than a year since it launched, the PlayStation 5 just got a new remodel.

  • Rather than changing the divisive look of the large console, the differences appear to be minor.

  • The new model doesn't require a screwdriver to attach the base, and it's slightly lighter.

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  • A new version of the PlayStation 5 just launched, but it's hardly distinguishable from the version that arrived in November 2020.

    The new PlayStation 5 model was first spotted in Australia by Press Start and later seen in other territories as well.

    What makes the new model different from the original model? It mostly boils down to a single screw:

    The launch model PlayStation 5 attaches to its base stand with a flathead screw. Sony

    That's the flathead screw that attaches the console's base, which keeps the console standing upright.

    Since the PlayStation 5 launched late last year, anyone who's been lucky enough to get one has had to use a screwdriver every time they wanted to attach or disconnect the base from the console.

    Like this:


    Frankly, it's kind of a hassle, and Sony made the situation somewhat easier with the remodel it just quietly released.

    Rather than having to use a screwdriver, the new console uses a screw that can be attached with your bare hand. It still features an indent for a screwdriver if you choose to use one, but it can otherwise be tightened without getting out tools (Eurogamer got photos of the screw up close if you'd like to see it in action).

    Beyond the change in the screw, the new model appears to be slightly lighter than the launch model - by a bit over half a pound. It's unclear what changes account for the weight difference, and Sony has yet to say. Representatives didn't respond to a request for comment as of publishing.

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    The new model PS5 has only been spotted in Australia and the UK thus far, but it's likely to become the default model sold all over the world in the near future.

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    Of course, for most people, Sony releasing a new model of the PlayStation 5 doesn't solve the core issue: It's still nearly impossible to buy the highly sought after game console. Sony has told analysts directly that it expects the console to be hard to find until at least some point in 2022.

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