Revised PlayStation 5 sheds some weight, features new heatsink design
Rumours claim Nintendo is planning to expand the Switch Online retro game catalogue with Game Boy and Game Boy Color games in September.
The upcoming revised PlayStation 5 model has clearly shaved off some of that lockdown flab, weighing in at 0.6 pounds less than the original. How did Sony manage this? Early investigations suggested Sony just cheaped out on the heatsink.
However, Ars Technica took a closer look and suggests that the new model is no worse than the old and that the idea depends on the “gross misunderstanding” of heatsink assemblies.
- PlayStation 5 launched on November 11th last year
- Minor hardware revision released in August this year
- Heatsink weight reduced and screw replaced
- There are two retail models: standard and digital
Infrared: One YouTuber pointed thermal cameras at the heat exhaust vents, measured a 5° Celsius temperature increased, and concluded that the new heatsink must be of worse quality than the one in the launch model.
Inconclusive: Ars Technica notes that the only way to decide whether the new heatsink is better or worse would be “direct temperature measurements” of the internal components. They also observed that if more heat is ejected from the console, that would actually be evidence that the heatsink is doing a better job of dispersing heat.