Sony’s revised PlayStation 5 first appeared a few weeks back in Japan, but has now appeared elsewhere too. While Sony hasn’t exactly specified what’s been changed, we do know that these models weigh less and have had their base stand tweaked to no longer need a screwdriver.
According to Australian gaming website Press Start, the new PS5 models have been spotted down under. Just like the new Japanese PlayStation 5 spotted awhile back, these new Australian consoles weigh 300g less than their original counterparts. They also have the new base stand that uses a thumbscrew instead of a usual screw. This new thumbscrew means that users ought to have an easier time when setting up their new PlayStation 5, instead of having to find a screwdriver.
These new Australian models come with the the model number CFI-1102A, instead of the usual CFI-1000 series. For context, the original lineup of PlayStation 5 consoles come with the model number CFI-10XXA/B, with XX changing based on the region, while A or B simply refers to the either the disc or digital version of the PS5.
Incidentally, Malaysia uses CFI-1018A/B for local PS5 units, and the updated CFI-1118A/B model numbers was actually spotted by a user awhile back. This could mean that Sony Malaysia may have plans to bring the updated models in the future, although there’s no official word about it at this time. Furthermore, the new model numbers are no longer available on the SIRIM databse.
Australians aren’t the only ones to get the revised PlayStation 5 consoles either. They’ve been spotted in some parts of the US too, also with the new thumbscrews on the base stand. In fact, a closer look at the new PlayStation 5’s base stand shows not just a change to the screws, but the entire base stand itself.
I may have that new model as well and I’m in the US. It’s a disc PS5 as well. Matter fact the whole base is a bit different vs my day one PS5. Left day one, right just got about 2 weeks ago. pic.twitter.com/rf6BoknncQ— B (@bdp2007) August 23, 2021
In the meantime, those of you lucky enough to snag the original PlayStation 5 shouldn’t worry too much that you’re missing out on the upgraded model. Sony has already allowed users to upgrade their PS5 themselves, by adding in your own additional SSD, albeit with some caveats. For starters, you’ll need a PCIe Gen 4 SSD with a heatsink that conforms to the size limitations set by Sony, and you’ll also need to ensure it meets a read speed of 5,500MB/s or higher. You can check out more about that here.