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(pocket-lint) – A new version of the PlayStation 5 has reportedly gone on sale in Australia.
The PS5 model CF-1200A was supposed to go on sale in Japan in mid-September, but it appears to have been shipped to Australian retailers first.
Said to be lighter, the new disc-based console weighs 300 grams less than its 2021 counterpart. And assuming the launch version is even heavier, the new PlayStation is 600g lighter than it was on day one.
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However, there are no other obvious differences. Sony is known for ramping up production and swapping out parts to ease supply constraints that have plagued consoles since launch. This included a new heatsink over previously released models. It is not yet known which part has been replaced this time.
Reducing the weight can also reduce a manufacturer’s shipping costs, although the savings are not passed on to customers.
Sony recently increased prices for the PlayStation 5 and PS5 Digital Edition in all regions except the US. For example, in the UK the standard PS5 has gone from £30 to £479.99.
Written by Rick Henderson.