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New PS5 Digital Edition Model Will Be Lighter | Screen Rant

Almost a year after the original PS5 Digital Edition launched, Sony is getting ready to release a new version of the PS5, which will be lighter than the previous iteration. Of course, both versions of the console have been almost impossible to find since the hardware launched in late 2020. Despite the lack of availability, the PS5 has managed to sell quite well when it is in stock.

For those that didn't already know, the PS5 Digital Edition is a disc-less edition of the PlayStation 5. It can play all of the hardware of the full-priced version, but it lacks the disc drive that allows physical discs to be played on the machine. The PS5 Digital Edition costs $399, which is $100 less than the standard model and, for most gamers, it’s worth the cheaper price point. With gaming going digital in the modern era, a lack of disc drive isn’t detrimental for some, which makes it worth it to drop to the PS5 Digital Edition. So far, the next-gen console has been a smashing success for Sony, in both the standard and digital iteration. Still, that doesn’t seem to be stopping Sony from making improvements to its device.

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In a tweet from Nibel, it was revealed that Sony has quietly improved on its PS5 Digital Edition after Japanese retailers began listing the device. According to the listings, the PS5 Digital Edition (CFI-1100B) will be 300g lighter than its 3.9kg counterpart, and will also include a new screw for its base. The essentials for the device stay almost exactly the same as the original PS5 Digital Edition (CFI-1000B), including the main processor, SSD, and other internal features. The big difference between the two is the 3.6kg weight, which is a substantial decrease from the original’s 3.9kg weight.

A lighter model for the PS5 Digital Edition doesn’t necessarily increase the appeal of the console, but it does mean that the device is actively being improved upon during its manufacturing run. Either way, the lighter console means better portability at the very least and could even mean a more compact setup. This could give gamers more storage options for the hefty next-gen console.

As for its other changes, the PS5 Digital Edition is getting a brand new screw, which changes the way the base is attached. For some, this is a major improvement, giving the model better stability while standing up. The thick, deep screw will ensure the base is firmly in place while the console is upright, which works well with its lighter design. Gamers may be more inclined to keep the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition out and about, instead of storing it horizontally. While some fans may be angry that Sony improved the console only one year after its release, this gives more fans an opportunity to snag the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition with its new design features. The design proves that Sony is ready to improve on its console until the flaws are weightless.

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Source: Nibel/Twitter

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