PS5 Digital Edition: Apparent New Model is Lighter Than Launch Console

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New PlayStation documentation shows that Sony may be working on a model refresh for the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, which seemingly makes it lighter than the launch version.

According to the official product manual (spotted by Twitter user @Renka_schedule), which is available on the official PlayStation Japanese website, this rumored PS5 Digital Edition weights 3.6kg — 300g less than the original PS5 Digital Edition launched less than a year ago, which weighs in at 3.9kg (in pounds, that’s 0.7lb less, from 8.6lb to 7.9lb).

The rumored PS5 model refresh is 300 grams lighter than the launch model.

The revised PS5 Digital Edition model also notes that the console will also include a new version of the screw that connects the console to the stand, allowing you to position it vertically or horizontally on a flat surface. It also appears that the model number has changed from the PS5 launch hardware’s CFI-1XXX model to the new CFI-11XX scheme.

The launch model (top) uses a different screw compared to the proposed model refresh.

This is not the first time rumors of a PS5 model refresh have surfaced. In April during an earnings call, Sony CFO Hiroki Tokoi said that the company was considering several options to address the global semiconductor shortage, such as the possibility of adjusting the product design. In May, analyst Roberto Serrano spotted that Sony registered a new wireless communication module that could be added to a gaming console model. It’s not clear if this model is connected to those stories.

Japanese retailers have reportedly begun listing the rumored PS5 Digital Edition model refresh, and according to @Renka_schedule, it will begin to ship by the end of the month with a lottery-based system for sales of the console, with no indication on whether it will launch in other regions.

IGN has reached out to Sony for comment.

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Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.

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