According to Press-Start, the new version of the PlayStation 5 hardware first mentioned in the Japanese product manual last month was released in Australia this week. The digital hardware was described in detail in the product manual last month, with updated models. Although the first PS5 hardware uses the CFI-1XXX model numbering scheme, the products listed in the Sony document and the Australian models discovered this week use the new CFI-11XX scheme, as do the detailed hardware revisions. Last month, the updated PS5 was confirmed to have new screws to secure the console to its bracket, which can now be adjusted by hand without the need for a screwdriver. It is said that the weight of the new hardware is also lighter. It is 3.6 kilograms heavier than the released PlayStation 5 game console and 300 grams less than the original hardware.
It is not clear whether any other changes have been made to the internal hardware. Sony first stated earlier this year that it is seeking to make minor hardware changes to the PlayStation 5 as a possible solution to help it cope with the global shortage of hardware components. In an investor conference call in April, when asked about the semiconductor shortage, Sony Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki said that he suggested that Sony has the means to deal with it. “For example, we may be able to find secondary resources, or change the design we can deal with,” the executive said. “In [Electronic Products and Solutions Business], we have adopted a flexibility strategy. In the fiscal year 2021, we hope to adjust the flexibility to adapt to the plan to upgrade the PS5 hardware. At that time, people knew that Sony had registered a new wireless communication module.
Obviously, it is applied to the host. Although it is not clear whether the wireless module is included in the new PS5 models currently sold in Australia, the wireless module described in the Sony document replaces the J20H100 module used when the PS5 hardware was launched. There seems to be no between the two Big differences, except for the antenna gain. When connected to the router via 2.4GHz, compared to 6.0/6.0dBi, the maximum antenna gain of the new module is 4.0/3.5dBi in the launch model. If connected via 5 GHz, the new module’s maximum antenna gain will be 6.0/4.5dBi instead of 5.0/3.5dBi. No, it’s obvious whether this will have a big impact on the connection speed. According to reports, Sony plans to start producing redesigned new PS5 hardware in 2022. AMD’s “new semi-custom” 6nm CPU. The standard PS5 model will break even from June 2021. “From then on, we expect it will gradually become more profitable,” PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said at an investor relations event.
Sony did some strange things to the digital version of the PS5 and did not provide any explanation for this change. According to the official safety guide manual on the Japanese PlayStation website (via PSU), a new model of the PS5 digital version is in production, and there seems to be no change other than the weight. PS5 is reduced by 300 grams. From 3.9 kg to 3.6 kg. For us Americans and our more logical weight system (/s), the drop was about 0.7 pounds, from 8.6 pounds to 7.9 pounds. In comparison, the PS5 disc model weighs 4.5 kilograms or 9.9 pounds.
There is no indication that the model is changing. As far as we know, the release date of this new model should be today, although as of now, no new stocks have been released in Japan or anywhere else. Nothing can explain where this weight loss has gone, or what has been reduced or changed to achieve this. All other specifications of the console are the same. Could it be a clerical error? I mean, maybe, although that would be weird. I don’t think we will know for sure until someone owns this new CFI-1100B01 model and weighs it to see if they are actually dieting, but it’s weird anyway. Over time, we do have the next generation of PS4 Slim, but these are usually major redesigns, with a significant drop in weight and size.
This is definitely not true, but in such a small electronic product, it seems that 7.5% of its total weight has been reduced for no reason. It is a mystery. I would love to hear the answer. Sony has made some comments on this, but we may have to wait until these new model reviews are available to weigh and analyze them because you know someone will do it. If you are going to get one, it may not be a few years. Sony’s current two models cannot even meet any product close to current demand, and this trend seems to continue for a long time to come.
In Australia, some people have discovered that the new PS5 model is being sold in stores. But don’t get too excited. These new console revisions did not add larger hard drives or more powerful hardware. On the contrary, these new versions only seem to have made a few minor changes, including the replacement of a screw. As reported by Australian gaming media Press Start, these new PS5 models were shipped to the country last week. Obviously, Press Start believes that Australia is the first country to receive shipments of new models.
These new consoles use a slightly modified model numbering scheme, namely CFI-11XX. (The original PS5 console used CFI-1XXX.) These console models seem to be almost the same. One small change is a new screw for fixing the PS5 to its bracket. Previously, this screw could only be tightened or loosened with tools. Now that the small screw has been replaced, you can complete all operations manually. When can I live? In fact, I fully understand this small change. Installing the bracket on my PS5 is a headache because of its strange shape and difficulty to tighten screws. Perhaps this new and improved screw will be a small improvement in the quality of life.
It appears that these new models are available in digital and CD-ROM versions, and weigh about 10 ounces. Or 300g less than the original PS5 host. Currently, there is not much information about what or nothing on these consoles can explain the weight difference. It’s not just new screws! Sony has been silent about these changes and has not released much public information about them. In May, Sony registered a new wireless communication module for the new model of PS5. The new module replaces the J20H100 wifi module used in all PS5 transmitters. However, until someone with the skills and tools comes into contact with one of this new Australian PS5s, we cannot be sure whether the module exists and whether it can explain the weight difference.
For PS5, good luck! Sony expects that the shortage of consoles will become a problem next year, as the pandemic and global chip shortages make it difficult for the company to produce and ship electronic equipment. Don’t worry, you don’t need PS5 yet. There are many games in your order book that need to be completed. Now you have been waiting for nearly a year, and your PS5 has a nice new screw. Listen, good things will be left to those who are waiting.