A recent video posted by YouTuber Austin Evans shows a teardown of Sony’s revised model of the PlayStation. It revealed the console lost two-thirds a pound from the original model. This new version reportedly houses a smaller heatsink, obviously leading to slightly raised internal temperatures–which shouldn’t cause too much concern.
The console Evans broke down is a PS5 1100B, which consumers will be seeing on store shelves as the PS5 digital edition. This console weighs 7.8 lbs, while the original model came in at 8.4 lbs. Evans’ video shows that almost all that weight was reduced by the console’s heatsink.
While testing, Evans found this reduction did make the console run a bit hotter than the original model. By examining the rear exhaust vents while it was running Astro’s Playroom, he found an increase in temperature of four or five degrees Celsius–meaning the console hit a high of 58 degrees Celsius (136˚F).
Don’t panic over this temperature increase just yet. First off, this new edition of the PS5 was only tested with Astro’s Playroom. It’s not a taxing game by any means, so it’s not accurately showing how hot this version of the PS5 could potentially get, but PS5 titles might not cause as much of a jump.
Second, but most importantly, this temperature isn’t surprising at all. Gaming computer–the most common form of gaming–can find CPUs idling around 55 degrees Celsius (131˚F). This number can jump much higher when running an extremely demanding title. However, PC users do have the ability to access their various fans and cooling systems for cleaning, something that PS5 owners don’t have easy access to.
The change to the heatsink was the only major adjustment in the new PS5 model. A slight adjustment brought a quality-of-life improvement for those trying to attach the console’s stand. They will no longer have to use a screwdriver as it’s been replaced.