Sony’s new PS5 (CFI-1202B) has been around for about a month now, and we learned last week that its lighter weight and different design might make the purchase easier. We also learned about this new model around the same time when Sony announced the PS5 price hike, which may not be a coincidence.
But finally, someone opened this bad boy up and told us exactly what’s different. Austin Evans on YouTube View an in-depth breakdown of everything that has changed between consoles. Keep in mind that all of these measurements are for the Digital PS5 versions.
For example, he weighed all three models. The 2022 PS5 models weigh 7.3 pounds, while the 2021 and 2020 models weigh 7.8 pounds and 8.4 pounds, respectively. Essentially, the new PS5 is about 0.5 pounds lighter than its predecessor.
Evans allowed all three models to work on the same idle screen during a level in the Astro game room. Then he measured the wattage consumption of each control unit to test its energy efficiency. The 2022 PS5 will draw 201 watts, while the 2021 and 2020 will draw 229 watts and 218 watts, respectively. This is a huge improvement, especially since last year’s model consumed more power than the launch version.
Evans also measured how hot these PS5 models could run. The 2020 model hit 126.3 degrees Fahrenheit, and while that might already sound hot, the 2021 model hit 145.4 degrees Fahrenheit. This was a sharp increase in temperature, but the hottest point on the 2022 model recovered the console back to about 126.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Evans explains that the new PS5 diffuses its heat more efficiently, with temperatures evenly distributed between each exhaust in the rear.
The YouTuber also measured how noisy each PS5 is. The 2020 model reaches 48 dB, the 2021 model reaches 43 dB, and the 2022 model reaches 45 dB. These numbers are very close to each other, so it is difficult to say that this change is very significant. Regardless, the new PS5 appears to be a little higher technically.
The 2022 PS5 is only available in Australia at the moment, so we recommend waiting before jumping the gun when purchasing this improved model. Overall, it’s definitely not worth it for anyone who already owns one of the previous iterations, but if you’re planning on buying your first PS5 soon, you can wait for the CFI-1202B PS5 to be in stock.