Sony has completely changed the internal design of its latest PS5 model. A Revised PS5 models start to appear in Australia last month, and now YouTuber Austin Evans have looked inside and found a lot of changes. Sony is using a new, smaller motherboard for the PS5, different cooling, and has even changed the SSD cover.
All of these changes add up to another weight reduction, but there are no noticeable changes to the PS5’s exterior. The real big change is the updated motherboard in the PS5. It’s shrunk by about two inches, and cooling for the PS5 is slightly different thanks to the extra heat pipe on the back 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 heatsink. The new motherboard and heatsink on the 2022 PS5 now weighs around 2.5 pounds according to Evans, that’s a pound lighter than the original design.
Sony has also removed a lot of components with this new motherboard design, and that means the CMOS battery is now completely hidden under the heatsink. It was exposed beforehand, making it easy to turn off, but Evans claims you now have to completely disassemble the PS5 to replace the CMOS battery.
The SSD cover has also changed in this new PS5 mode. It no longer has the PCB across its entire length, and has instead exposed the metal. It’s not clear why Sony has changed this particular part of the PS5’s design, but Evans speculates it could help improve heat dissipation.
All of these changes might add some real-world benefits to the PS5. Evans claims the new PS5 model draws about 20-30 watts less during gaming, while still producing the same amount of noise and heat output.
“Sony shrunk almost everything including the motherboard and internal packaging to make it lighter and almost certainly cheaper (for them),” Evans said in twitter. The new PS5 model arrives just as Sony is raising the price of the PS5 outside the US. Sony raises PS5 price in the UK, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico and Canada. Prices jumped 10 percent in Europe, 21 percent in Japan and about 6 percent in the UK.