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Sony quietly released a revised version of the PS5 hardware. This isn’t a PS5 2.0 or anything major like that, but the revision makes one notable change: the system is a little lighter and runs hotter. Will that extra heat become an issue?

Why Is the PS5 Hotter?

When Sony tweaked the design of the PS5, the first change everyone noticed was that the console is slightly lighter than the launch version. Obviously, that weight had to come from somewhere.

YouTuber Austin Evans ripped the new PS5 apart to figure out where the weight came from, and it turns out Sony made the aluminum and copper heatsink smaller than the previous iteration of the PlayStation 5. In fact, it’s 300G lighter and 16% smaller in mass.

But what happens when you shrink a heatsink? It dissipates less heat, thus making the PS5 run a bit hotter. To counter this, Sony has included a new fan in the PS5 with deeper impeller grooves that should push more air into the smaller heatsink.

Will This Hurt Gameplay and Performance?

Unfortunately, it’s still a little too early to tell for sure, but preliminary tests so far have found no discernable difference in performance between this PS5 and the older version despite an average temperature difference of 3-5° C.

We’ll have to wait until more tests are performed to see if there’s a difference. Logically, however, it would make no sense for Sony to release a new version of its console with weaker performance than the original. We have to assume that the company tested the new heatsink and fan extensively before releasing it.

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Dave LeClair was the News Editor for How-To Geek. He is now a Mobile Analyst for PCMag. Dave started writing about technology more than 10 years ago. He's written articles for publications like MakeUseOf, Android Authority, Digital Trends, and plenty of others. He's also appeared in and edited videos for various YouTube channels around the web.
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