The new consoles are around 13 percent lighter than the bulky ones that were available during the debut of the 2020 game. The PlayStation 5 was not just one of the largest gaming systems ever produced when it was first released in the year 2020.
Additionally, it was one of the heaviest, with the complete Disc Drive Edition coming in at 9.9 pounds (4.5 kg) and the Digital Edition coming in at 8.6 pounds (3.9 kg). However, eagle-eyed reporters at Press Start have noticed that a new set of PS5 models has been released, and these models weigh approximately 13 percent less than their counterparts that were released at launch.
The new PlayStation 5 models, designated CFI-1202A and B for the Disc and Digital versions, respectively, were spotted for the first time over the weekend on several Japanese retail sites, with a launch date of September 15 currently scheduled.
Fans all across the world now know how they will be enjoying a completely new generation of games as Sony unveiled the DualSense controller for the PlayStation 5.
While we still don’t know when the DualSense will be in our hot little palms, we do have a lot of knowledge of the hardware development of the PlayStation. Sony has improved its designs in both successful and unsuccessful ways, starting with the initial PlayStation controller that lacked analog sticks and ending with the never-released “Boomerang” controller. We go deeper into the development of the PlayStation controller, including the brand-new DualSense, in the slideshow and article that follow.
Sony Releases A New Lighter PS5 For The Second Year In A Row
According to Press Start, however, the new models are already available for purchase at a variety of retailers in Australia right now. The manuals for the new models reportedly list their official weights as 8.6 pounds (3.9 kilograms) for the Disc Drive Edition and 7.5 pounds (3.4 kilograms) for the Digital Edition respectively.
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According to the report, there have not been any additional noticeable changes made to either the dimensions of the system’s casing or the reported system specifications.
More Affordable Yet Also More Lightweight Than Ever Before
Those who pay attention to the nitty-gritty details of video game console hardware production might recall that this iteration of the PlayStation 5’s internal architecture is not the first one.
The Disc and Digital Editions of the CFI-11XX models weighed in at 9.25 pounds (4.2 kilograms) and 7.9 pounds (3.6 kilograms), respectively. These models were also the first to be released in Australia in August 2021.
That makes the weight differential between the original model and the most recent model available in Australia now essentially equal to what it was before.
Later testing revealed that the weight reduction from the previous year was due to a smaller heat sink that had been modified. This heat sink also seemed to increase the console’s ability to dissipate heat. It is not immediately clear what makes the newest models lighter;
However, rumors that were gathered from suppliers earlier in the year suggest that Sony was heading toward a new production method for the system’s AMD-made CPU that was 6 nanometers in size.
In addition to having the potential to improve production yields, that modification might have been a component of an internal redesign that resulted in the product having fewer heavier elements than in the past (or just an even better, lighter heat sink).
The Super Nintendo controller served as an inspiration for the PlayStation controller, which debuted in 1994 alongside the first PlayStation. The original PlayStation controller’s creator, Teiyu Goto, recognized the popularity of Nintendo’s most recent console and didn’t want this new one to be too “radical” in comparison.
Since the Super NES was so popular at the time, Goto explained, “it was only logical that we would want SNES players to switch to our system.” The management division claimed that if the controller didn’t follow a typical design, gamers wouldn’t like it. For this reason, they didn’t want it to be a dramatic departure.
Despite wanting to emulate the SNES controller, Sony innovated in certain areas, such as the addition of a second set of shoulder buttons to aid in navigating 3D environments. Sony also opted to include the grip handles to the controller to facilitate a smooth transition as players had to move their hands from the L1+R1 buttons to the L2+R2 buttons.
The buttons on the PlayStation controller were intended to depict the acts they stood for. Goto explained that the red circle and blue cross (or X?) meant for “yes” and “no,” the triangle represented a point of view, and the square resembled a piece of paper to indicate to players that the button was for menus.
PlayStation Dual Analog Controller
The Dual Analog controller for PlayStation, which debuted before the DualShock, was the first to use two analog sticks. Along with Tobal 2 and Bushido Blade, it was first published in Japan in 1997 and had a rumble element that would later be removed from the North American and European editions. In regards to its removal, a Sony representative stated, “We evaluated all the features and decided, for manufacturing reasons, that what was most important to gamers was the analog feature.” This would not matter much because the DualShock would add it back and replace this controller the following year.