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Sony’s new PS5 model is lighter and doesn’t need a screwdriver

Sony’s new PS5 model is lighter and doesn’t need a screwdriver


The revised PS5 models have started appearing in Australia

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Sony’s PS5 console.
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Sony has quietly launched a revised PS5 model. Press Start, an Australian-based gaming site, reports that the revised PS5 models include a new screw for the base stand that no longer requires a screwdriver. Sony reportedly swapped in a new screw with a grip around the top so it can be easily adjusted by hand.

Press Start also reports that these updated PS5 models are around 300 grams (0.6 pounds) lighter than the original, but it’s not clear what Sony has removed or changed to bring the weight down. The new PS5s ship with a CFI-1102A model number, instead of the CFI-1000 found on the original.

The updated PS5 stand screw.
The updated PS5 stand screw.
Image: Press-start

Australia appears to be one of the first countries to take stock of these slightly revised PS5 models, after they were spotted in a Japanese manual last month. They also appear to be shipping in some parts of the US, too. Twitter user bdp2007 has tweeted photos of what looks like updates to the overall stand, with a new clamp design.

While Sony has removed the need for a screwdriver for the recommended base stand, you will still need one to access the optional removable M.2 SSD storage on the console. You can find the best PS5 SSD options right here.

Sony is planning to rollout removable SSD storage with an upcoming software update. The update, which is currently available for beta testers, also includes improvements to the PS5 dashboard UI, 3D audio support for built-in TV speakers, and a better way to differentiate between PS4 and PS5 versions of games.

Update, 11:30AM ET: Article updated with details on Japanese user manual, and improved clamp stand design.