Sony has completely overhauled the internal design of its latest PS5 models. A revised PS5 model started appearing in Australia last month, and now YouTuber Austin Evans has taken a look at the internals and discovered plenty of changes. Sony is using a new, smaller motherboard for the PS5, different cooling, and even changed the SSD enclosure.
All of these changes add up to another weight reduction, but no obvious changes outside of the PS5. The real big change is the PS5’s updated motherboard. It’s shrunk by about two inches, and the PS5’s cooling is slightly different thanks to an extra heat pipe in the back and a smaller heatsink.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a revamped cooling solution on the PS5. Sony shipped a revised model last year with a smaller heatsink. This 2022 PS5’s new motherboard and heatsink now weigh around 2.5 pounds according to Evans, that’s a pound lighter than the original design.
Sony also moved a lot of components with this new motherboard design, which means the CMOS battery is now completely hidden under the heatsink. It’s been exposed before, which made it easy to turn off, but Evans says you’ll now have to completely disassemble a PS5 to replace the CMOS battery.
The SSD enclosure has also changed in this new PS5 mode. It no longer has a full-length circuit board and instead has exposed metal. It’s not immediately clear why Sony changed this particular part of the PS5’s design, but Evans thinks it could help improve heat dissipation.
All of these changes could bring real benefits to the PS5. Evans claims that this new PS5 model consumes around 20-30 watts less while gaming, while delivering about the same amount of noise and heat.
“Sony has downsized almost everything, including the motherboard and internal packaging, to make it lighter and almost certainly cheaper (for them)”, says Evans on Twitter. The new PS5 model comes just as Sony has raised its PS5 prices outside of the US. Sony is raising its PS5 prices in the UK, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico and Canada. Prices jumped 10% in Europe, 21% in Japan and around 6% in the UK.