Sony released a new PS5 model: here’s what has changed
Sony released a new redesign of the PS5 less than a year after the start of its lifespan, with no major announcements of the change. On the surface, this new PS5 looks virtually identical to the old PS5. But, of course, they are not exactly the same.
So what is different? Is this new PS5 model better? And, does it matter whether you get the original PS5 model or the new PS5? Let’s find out.
1. The new PS5 has a different model number
First, a quick way to determine if the PS5 you’re looking at is the new PS5 model is to display the model number.
The original PS5 model number belongs to the CFI-1000A / B series, with “A” denoting the standard edition of the disc player and “B” the digital edition PS5 (i.e. the one without disk reader).
The new PS5 model number is now the CFI-1100A / B series. When you next look at the PS5s, keep an eye out for the second number ranging from a “0” to a “1” if you want to identify whether it is an old or a new PS5 model.
2. Sony’s PS5 redesign includes a smaller heat sink
The biggest aspect of the new PS5 model is its significantly smaller heat sink.
With this change, how does it affect the cooling of the PS5? Well, the results currently vary.
You could argue that the new PS5 is a few degrees Celsius hotter than the original because the smaller heat sink isn’t as good at dissipating heat as the larger heat sink on the original PS5 model.
However, there is also evidence to the contrary. Detailed testing by Gamers Nexus, in the video above, shows that the new PS5 actually has improved thermals over the older PS5 model, at least in its memory components. Again, only a few degrees.
Whether it’s a few degrees warmer or cooler, the actual impact of the smaller heatsink in the new PS5 model will be minimal for you (however, it’s cheaper to make for Sony).
3. You no longer need a screwdriver to adjust the base stand of the new PS5.
The new CFI-1100 series PS5s come with a different screw for the base mount, as well as a slight redesign of the clamp. This new screw has more purchase and allows you to install it quite easily with your fingers.
This change means that you will no longer need a screwdriver or a coin if you want to adjust the position of your PS5. Which is not a big deal, but it’s a bit more practical.
4. The new PS5 is lighter than the old PS5 model
Due to the smaller heat sink, the new PS5 model is slightly lighter than the original PS5 model by around 0.6 pounds (around 300 grams).
A lighter console is a welcome improvement, especially when there isn’t much of a downside. That would be for the new PS5 Standard and Digital Edition models, making the latter the lightest PS5 yet, with a smaller heat sink and lack of a disc drive. Good job, Sony.
5. The new PS5 also has different fans
In addition to its smaller heat sink, the new PS5 model comes with different fans, which have longer, curved blades that extend towards the center.
Are the fans on this new PS5 model louder or quieter? Again, results may vary with each individual console.
YouTuber Austin Evans claims in the video above that the new PS5 model is slightly quieter than the old PS5 model. However, Digital Foundry’s Rich said the new PS5 he was using seemed slightly louder than his two launch PS5s (mentioned in the Digital Foundry video we linked to the first difference).
At the end of the day, we’re talking about a difference of a few decibels higher or lower. The CFI-1100 series PS5 won’t look like a jet engine when you play, nor will it be much quieter than what we were getting from the CFI-1000 series PS5. It won’t determine your gaming experience so much.
No matter which PS5 model you buy, you will get the same performance
So, does it matter whether you buy a new or an old PS5 model? No.
While Sony has gone for a redesign of the PS5, the differences aren’t that big, especially when it comes to the most important aspect; how well he handles games.
Yes, there are variations in the fans and the baseplate screw, and the heatsink has undergone a drastic change. But none of this should affect your gaming experience.
Performance on all PS5 models (disk or diskless, new heatsink or not) is virtually identical. You can’t buy a better or worse PS5 model to run your games. So, wait patiently until you can get a PS5 and enjoy all that this amazing console has to offer.
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