Sony has completely revamped the internal design of the latest PS5 models. THE a redesigned PS5 model has begun to appear Australia last month and now Austin Evans YouTuber took a look inside and found many changes. Sony uses a new, smaller motherboard for the PS5, different cooling, and even changed the SSD enclosure.
All these changes lead to another weight reduction, but there are no obvious changes to the exterior of the PS5. The real big change is the updated motherboard on the PS5. It’s shrunk by about two inches, and the cooling for the PS5 is slightly different thanks to an additional heat pipe on the back and a smaller cooler.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a redesigned cooling solution on the PS5. Sony shipped a redesigned model last year with a smaller cooler. The new motherboard and cooler in this 2022 PS5 now weigh about 2.5 pounds, according to Evans, which is a pound lighter than the original design.
Sony has also changed many components with this new motherboard design, which means that the CMOS battery is now completely hidden under the heatsink. It was discovered earlier, which made it easier to turn it off, but Evans claims you’ll now have to completely disassemble the PS5 to replace the CMOS battery.
The SSD enclosure has also changed in this new PS5 mod. There is no longer a full length PCB and instead the metal is exposed. It’s not immediately clear why Sony changed this particular part of the PS5 design, but Evans thinks it could help improve heat dissipation.
All of these changes could add up to some real-world benefits for the PS5. Evans claims that this new PS5 model draws about 20-30 watts less during gameplay, while providing the same amount of noise and heat output.
“Sony shrunk almost everything, including the motherboard and internal packaging, to make it lighter and almost cheaper (for them)” Evans says on Twitter. The new PS5 model comes as Sony raises PS5 prices outside the US. Sony raises PS5 prices In the UK, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico and Canada. Prices jump 10 percent in Europe, 21 percent in Japan and nearly 6 percent in the UK.