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Lighter Sony PlayStation 5 console hits the shelves as PlayStation Studios Mobile Division snaps up Savage Game Studios

Sony has released a new variant of the PS5 console that is considerably lighter than the 2021 revision. (Image source: SIE - edited)
Sony has released a new variant of the PS5 console that is considerably lighter than the 2021 revision. (Image source: SIE - edited)
A new PlayStation 5 console has been spotted on the shelves in Australia, with this 2022 variant apparently being lighter than both the revised PS5 from 2021 and the original launch model. Sony has also been busy in the mobile space as its new PlayStation Studios Mobile Division has acquired Savage Game Studios.

A 2022 Sony PlayStation 5 console has joined the ranks of the 2021 model and the original 2020 edition. Hitting the shelves in Australia, the latest variant of the PS5 has the model numbers CFI-1202A for the disc version and CFI-1202B for the digital edition. While some are already declaring that this is the widely expected PS5 with the 6 nm custom AMD processor inside it (the original has a 7-nm produced SKU), there has been no teardown to confirm or deny this presumption yet. Even if it is the 6 nm PS5, performance differences would likely be minimal.

The actual noticeable difference is yet another bout of weight removal for the PS5, bringing the disc version down another 300 g while the PS5 Digital loses 200 g. It’s not known yet what Sony has done to bring the weights down, with some opining that the heatsink may have been the main target for trimming once again. An additional comment has suggested that the PS5 with disc drive may feature an updated disc drive due to the 100 g discrepancy between the two consoles, but this is all conjecture at this point. The 2022 PS5 is a total of 500-600 g (1.1-1.2 lbs.) lighter than the original model.

PS5 Disc PS5 Digital
2020 (original) 4.5 kg 3.9 kg
2021 revision 4.2 kg 3.6 kg
2022 revision 3.9 kg 3.4 kg

As well as trimming down and releasing a new (and more-expensive) version of its PS5 console, Sony has also been busy elsewhere by creating the PlayStation Studios Mobile Division. The new section of the giant company has already made its first acquisition, with Savage Game Studios becoming part of the brand. There have been some whispers that this move by Sony could indicate work on a new mobile device, such as a PS Vita 2, but that notion seems unlikely with the official PlayStation blog saying that the new division “will operate independently from our console development and focus on innovative, on-the-go experiences based on new and existing PlayStation IP.”

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Daniel R Deakin, 2022-08-30 (Update: 2022-08-30)