New PS5 model seems to make cheaper despite price increase

A screenshot from Austin Evans' latest video shows the internals of each PS5 model side-by-side.

A remastered model of the PlayStation 5 recently published in Australia, and a preliminary hardware teardown shows some big changes. The key takeaways are that Sony has made the inside of the machine more efficient, potentially reducing the system’s power consumption by almost 10 percent. But while the new version is probably cheaper for Sony to manufactureit comes at a time when the company has taken the unusual step of increasing the price of the PS5 for most of the world.

The new 1200 model PS5 was originally sighted in late Augustand now YouTuber Austin Evans got our hands on a Digital Edition to take a look at what’s changed and see how things compare to previous models. While the console’s outer shell remains unchanged, the total weight of the components inside is about a pound lighter than the original launch PS5.

Most of this is due to a smaller heatsink and a massive overhaul of the motherboard layout. A few other internals have also been changed, including the SSD enclosure and battery placement. Despite these differences, heat and noise levels remain largely unchanged, according to Evans.

Last year at a teardown of the revised 1100 model, Evans start a firestorm on the internet when he noticed higher outside temperatures due to changes to the heatsink. Some viewers took this to mean Sony was using inferior parts in the face of supply shortages, but that wasn’t the case.

This time, however, his tests revealed something different: a potentially large reduction in the power consumption of the PS5 model 1200. During the race Astro’s playroomthe new PS5 model consumed up to 30 watts less than the PS5 model 1100.

If these results are averaged across other games, it could mean up to 10 percent less power being used to play games on the console. This is especially important in a year of rising energy costs and at a time when the threat of global warming is already leading to historic floods, droughts and wildfires.

Evans notes that the rest of the changes to the 1200 model PS5 are likely aimed at helping Sony produce them more cheaply. However, if there are cost savings in manufacturing and shipping, they certainly don’t show up on the price tag on store shelves. This new model, which currently appears to be only available in Australia, comes alongside an announcement from Sony last month increased the price the PS5 in all countries except the US New PS5 model seems to make cheaper despite price increase

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