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Sony PlayStation 5 console redesign expected to launch in 2022 with 6 nm semi-custom AMD processor

A case redesign could also be in the books for the 2022 PS5. (Image Source: Alexandre Touguet)
A case redesign could also be in the books for the 2022 PS5. (Image Source: Alexandre Touguet)
Previous rumors were suggesting that Sony may launch a slim PS5 model powered by 5 nm processor in 2023, but sources close to DigiTimes now claim that Sony is probably not going to use a 5 nm processor because the production costs could raise the MSRP too much. Instead, Sony is planning to utilize a 6 nm AMD semi-custom processor made by TSMC, and the redesigned PS5 should launch in 2H 2022.
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Sony’s PS5 console is still facing quite severe shortages all over the world, with supply problems expected to last until at least late 2021. However, sources cited by DigiTimes claim that by the time these supply issues get fixed, Sony may already be preparing to launch an updated PS5 version. The production for the redesigned PS5 components is said to be scheduled for Q2-Q3 2022.

Even though the more logical upgrade for the revised PS5 would be a 5 nm processor with quite the performance improvement over the current 7 nm chips, industry sources are suggesting that the 2022 PS5 would only get a 6 nm AMD semi-custom processor produced by TSMC using FC-BGA tech on ABF substrate. A 5 nm processor might not be a good idea since it could significantly raise the pricing of the console and undermine demand.

DigiTimes mentions that Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL), a subsidiary of ASE Technology Holding, along with China-based Tongfu Microelectronics will remain the key backend unit assemblers for the redesigned PS5 with the former likely to continue handling 30% and the latter 70% of all the orders.

Speaking of supply chains, DigiTimes also informs that Sony already managed to sell 7.8 million PS5 units by the end of Q1 2021. Backend unit assemblers still process around 800,000 PS5 consoles with the 7 nm CPU per month. Sales are expected to slow down due to the ongoing chip shortages, so the total units sold by the end of 2021 may only break the 10 million milestone.

 

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Bogdan Solca, 2021-05- 6 (Update: 2021-05- 6)