Since the release of the PlayStation 5, Sony has made several changes to its internal structure, mainly to reduce weight or reduce power consumption. These changes are not very big, and if you don’t disassemble the machine, I believe that most players will not find the difference between these versions.
Tom Henderson, a source familiar with Sony’s supply, said
recently that Sony will make major changes to the PlayStation 5 in 2023. Internally codenamed “D chassis,” the new PlayStation 5 will feature a detachable Blu-ray drive, using the USB-C port on the back of the console. The Blu-ray drive may allegedly be included in some bundles, but it will also be sold separately, so players can decide if they want a Blu-ray drive as part of the console.
At present, the PlayStation 5 provided by Sony has a split optical drive version and a digital version. It’s unclear what changes will be made to the new PlayStation 5, but it is rumored that it may become thinner and lighter while simplifying the process and making the PlayStation 5 easier to manufacture, which will help Sony solve the long-standing PlayStation 5 supply problem.
It was reported last year that Sony’s custom SoC would be switched to TSMC’s 6nm process for the new PlayStation 5. Since the N6 process will increase the transistor density by 18% compared to the N7 process, and with the same design rules, design infrastructure, SPICE simulation programs, and IP, production, and development costs can be effectively reduced, and benefits can be improved with minimal cost. As for why TSMC’s N5 process is not used, the reason is also very simple, the use of 5nm chips will greatly increase the manufacturing cost.
According to Tom Henderson, the new PlayStation 5 will launch around September 2023.