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Here's Why Sony Could Be Giving The PS5 A New Design

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Production of the new PlayStation 5 design will reportedly begin in 2022.

By Kyle Knight

May 6, 2021

It looks like the PS5 could be getting a brand new design in the upcoming years. Although this is to be expected, as Sony often launches ‘slim’ models of their consoles a few years post-launch. The new design could also be linked to the ongoing console shortage.

Although the PlayStation 5 has now been out for around 6 months, players are still struggling to get their hands on the new generation of console. But the ongoing console shortage isn’t stopping Sony from breaking various records when it comes to the sales of the PlayStation 5.

Following a report from DigiTimes and VGC, we’ve got more details surrounding the possible re-design of the PlayStation 5, which is expected to go into production in 2022.

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Ever since the original PlayStation released in 1994, Sony has kept up the tradition of releasing an updated model of each PlayStation console for every generation.

It looks like things will be no different this console generation, as a report from DigiTimes suggests that suppliers are getting ready for a new PS5 design to start production in 2022.

However, the reasoning for a new PS5 design could be due to the ongoing console shortage and not just part of Sony’s usual redesign plans. More often than not, Sony release a ‘slim’ version of each console which reduces the size, weight, and also makes the console quieter than its predecessor.

The PlayStation 5 looks to be getting a similar treatment if the report from DigiTimes is to be believed. However, the new design of the console will reportedly be a way for Sony to combat the ongoing shortage of hardware components, such as chips used in CPUs.

Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki has already suggested finding a secondary resource or changing the design of the console in order to cope with the demand for PlayStation 5 consoles.

According to VGC, the new redesigned PlayStation 5 will come with a new 6nm AMD CPU, which will apparently be cheaper than the one currently used in PS5 consoles.

So, although a new PS5 design was likely going to occur at some point in this generations life span, it looks like Sony is having to act much quicker in order to change vital hardware components and meet the demands of the consumer.

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Kyle is a Film and TV graduate from Coventry. He's a PC enthusiast with a not so enthusiastic PC and is all about triple-A titles!

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