PS5 may be getting a console redesign in 2022

According to manufacturing sources close to Sony, the PS5 may be headed for a spec redesign that will make it less costly to reproduce.

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As Sony’s flagship console in the new generation, and having only just launched in holiday 2020, one might think that the PlayStation 5 design was built to last on its current specs for the next couple foreseeable years at least. One might be wrong. According to sources familiar with Sony’s manufacturing and design, the tech giant may be gearing up with its partners to start putting a new PS5 design into production as early as 2022.

The reports on Sony’s alleged plans for a PS5 redesign come from Taiwanese outlet Digital Times (paywall) on May 6, 2021. According to Digital Times, suppliers at TSMC Taiwan are preparing to start production on a new spec model of the PS5 in 2022. Reportedly, as a spec update, this won’t be a functional upgrade. The capabilities of the new PS5 won’t change. Instead, Sony is allegedly going for a new “semi-customized” 6nm CPU that will be less costly in the manufacturing process than the current design, as noted by Kantan Games CEO Dr. Serkan Toto.

Keeping a handle on its supplies and cost has seemingly been a major part of Sony’s ongoing strategy in the current console generation amid semiconductor shortages. Despite selling out 7.8 million PS5s since the console’s launch back in holiday 2020, the company also expressed concern over semiconductor shortages for at least the span of 2021 in its Q4 2020 financial report. With the console also now cleared for sale in mainland China in the near future, the new design may also be necessary to help Sony meet increased demand in production and lower costs.

Regardless, it would seem that, at least in near future, PS5 is going through its first notable redesign. Stay tuned as we follow this story for further updates and information leading up to the supposed production in 2022.

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    May 6, 2021 3:00 PM

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      May 6, 2021 10:00 AM

      Rumor of a redesigned PS5 to start production in 2022, primarily switching from a 5nm to a lower-cost 6nm CPU.

      https://www.vg247.com/2021/05/06/new-ps5-hardware-redesign-entering-production-2022-report/

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        May 6, 2021 10:08 AM

        so it's gonna be BIGGER

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          May 6, 2021 10:09 AM

          no, PS5/XSX are 7nm. The previous rumor was a redesign on 5nm, this rumor is saying they decided to go 6nm. Obviously take it with a massive grain of salt, but I can kinda believe they're rushing out a revision since it seems like all of these consoles are sold at a loss.

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          May 6, 2021 11:22 AM

          Not certain. Large die could mean easier heat management. Also means higher yield per wafer; which is the real reason to do it.

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            May 6, 2021 11:57 AM

            but it isn't 5nm now it's 7

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              May 6, 2021 2:28 PM

              My feeling is that they were planning on a die shrink to 5nm but decided to do 6nm instead due to production concerns.

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            May 6, 2021 12:05 PM

            I thought smaller dies give off less heat (for an equal transistor count)? Or do I have it backwards?

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              May 6, 2021 2:17 PM

              you're correct, but if you're process shrinking an existing chip then you also have a smaller surface area to contact with your heat sink

              i think the reality is that the improved efficiency that comes with a die shrink is more than worth it though, even when it comes to thermal management!

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        May 6, 2021 10:10 AM

        Surely they’ll pass the savings down to the consumer!!

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        May 6, 2021 10:58 AM

        2022 is earlier than I expected but I am all for it. I am not buying that original ps5 monstrosity and will wait for a redesign. Maybe...maybe...the new model will be cheaper if sony can reduce the amount of materials needed

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        May 6, 2021 11:03 AM

        Is this the model that customers will actually be able to buy?

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          May 6, 2021 11:23 AM

          That would be the whole point. Going up on the die should mean higher yield per wafer. Well, more working chips vs density of chips. I'm sure the bean counters figured out the math works out.

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        May 6, 2021 11:05 AM

        If they put a 2tb drive in it I’ll be so mad haha.

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        May 6, 2021 11:23 AM

        Um.. the PS5 current CPU is 7nm, not 5nm.

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        May 6, 2021 11:25 AM

        They'll come in black and white stripes. The full black on is after the next upgrade which is gray.

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        May 6, 2021 11:33 AM

        They should make it even bigger and just laugh

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        May 6, 2021 11:38 AM

        Like the RTX 30XX Ti and the Switch Pro and whatever, I'll believe it when it's officially announced.

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          May 6, 2021 11:51 AM

          I'll believe any rumour of a company making changes to improve their margins on a sale.

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            May 6, 2021 3:07 PM

            I'll always believe they're doing it, but rumors of a method is another matter.

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        May 6, 2021 11:55 AM

        You can't reduce costs going to a bigger node, current PS5 is 7nm.

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          May 6, 2021 2:23 PM

          You can if your yields at 7nm are ridiculously low and costly. Yeah basic logic says smaller means more chips per plater and thus cheaper but if each plater is much more expensive to manufacture and the chip failures are high enough, it can be cheaper.

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            May 6, 2021 3:22 PM

            But I don't think that's the case, this chip isn't big

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        May 6, 2021 12:10 PM

        i figure i'll be in the market for the PS5 slim, whenever that is. i'm very happy with PC for now, and i'm not going through another supply issue rat-race for gaming hardware after getting it together.

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        May 6, 2021 12:51 PM

        It's gonna be loud as fuck, watch.

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        May 6, 2021 12:53 PM

        They can redesign it by actually selling it

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        May 6, 2021 1:58 PM

        <insert joke here about being able to buy one>

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        May 6, 2021 2:23 PM

        It'll come without a GPU though. That you'll have to get on your own. 😏

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        May 6, 2021 2:29 PM

        Bring on the PS5 - THICC

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        May 6, 2021 3:05 PM

        Have always preferred the redesigned versions of Playstations, but most of the security issues for unsigned code usually only affect the OG models.

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          May 6, 2021 3:33 PM

          This is purely an internal redesign, externals would remain the same according to the article. Its to improve yields and presumably also increase margins

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        May 6, 2021 3:46 PM

        Anything that gets a PS5 into my hands would be good. Daddy needs Demon's Souls and Returnal :(

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