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Sony’s new PS5 model weighs lighter due to a reduced heatsink.

The news PlayStation model has arrived in Japan, Australia, and the US.

Sony's new PS5 model weighs lighter due to a reduced heatsink.

Playstation 5 series has been a major design change in the entire history of PlayStations. Its new stand design (just like a tower PC) that’s much loved by the consumers just has a mysterious reduction in weight.

Well, the mystery has been solved by Austin Evans: A tech YouTuber who did a complete teardown to let us know what Sony actually did! Sony has changed the heatsink that helps in cooling the PS5.

Sony removed a sizable amount of the heatsink on this new model that has reduced the size. With fewer fins and smaller heat pipes, the process isn’t as efficient at moving the heat out of the console.

Tom Warren on The Verge reported that the new heatsink is significantly smaller than the original, and makes up for the entire weight reduction of 300 grams (0.6 pounds), according to Evans. It’s not clear why Sony has swapped out the heatsink so early on in the PS5’s lifecycle, but Evans does note that his particular unit ran hotter as a result — with rear exhaust temperatures around 3 to 5 degrees higher. That could be down to manufacturing variance, though.

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.

This just does not look good for the gamers. Heating issues are the most common issues while gaming that can really destroy your hardware completely. Despite its poor heat sinks, external weather conditions affecting the latest PS5 models will have a possibility of damaging your console. Just compare the sizes of these heat sinks.

Old PS5 heat sink (left) vs. New PS5 heat sink (right).
 Image: Austin Evans

“I don’t think there’s any argument that this is a worse console, at least for thermals and for cooling, as far as I’m concerned I’d rather have a launch PS5.”

Austin Evans

Sony was battling to keep the PS5 costs down thanks in part to its expensive cooling solution. Evans has only opened up a Digital Edition version of the PS5, so we don’t know for sure whether Sony has also changed the cooling unit on the model with a disc drive.

The latest models should’ve been upgrades but instead… they are downgraded that’s such a poor move from Sony. The company is facing a major semiconductor issue that’s expected to last till 2022. With this cheap move, will console gamers switch to Xbox?

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Written by Hammad Khalid

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