The PlayStation 5 has supposedly become lighter with the release of a new version in Australia. The standard edition of the PS5 with the disc drive is now as light as the digital edition was at launch, according to Press Start, which claims that the latest CFI-1200 series units of the PS5 weigh less than the launching consoles.
The revised CFI-1202A variant of the conventional disc-based console weighs 3.9kg, reduced from the launch edition’s 4.5kg, according to the instructions that come with each console version. The updated CFI-1202B digital variant (without the disc drive) is said to weigh 3.4 kg as opposed to 3.9 kg when it was first introduced. As a result, the new model Disc PS5 now weighs the same as the Digital PS5 did when it first launched.
The actual change made for the weight reduction is unclear right now. We’ll have to wait for someone to disassemble a console and figure out precisely what the difference may be, but last year’s new model’s change in heatsink led to a change in weight. It’s possible that this will happen again.
Regardless of the weight reduction, Sony recently announced a price hike for its PS5 variants in several regions primarily due to economic instability and inflation. Commenting on the situation President of Sony Ryan Jim explained:
We’re seeing high global inflation rates, as well as adverse currency trends, impacting consumers and creating pressure on many industries. Based on these challenging economic conditions, SIE has made the difficult decision to increase the recommended retail price (RRP) of PlayStation 5 in select markets across Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Asia-Pacific (APAC), Latin America (LATAM), as well as Canada. There will be no price increase in the United States.”
-Jim Ryan via PlayStation Blog
The tech market is currently faced with an economic recession with consumers having a declining interest in fulfilling their entertainment needs. To fill the gap there has been several price hikes adopted by several major companies. The price increases are allegedly caused by rising production costs and problems in the semiconductor supply chain, and we can only hope that things get better with time.