A new report from Taiwanese company website DigiTimes (courtesy of VGC) claims that a new PS5 redesign will begin production in 2022. The DigiTimes report cites industry sources who claim that several vendors, including TSMC foundry, which makes semiconductors, plan to redesign the PS5 between the second and third quarters of 2022.
Analyst Dr. Serkan Toto says DigiTimes has a spotty track record, but further clarifies that the reports indicate Sony is expected to move to a “new semi-custom 6nm CPU from AMD” because “5nm would be too expensive.”
Taiwanese news channel with spotty track record Digitimes: Sony aims for a PS5 redesign for 2Q or 3Q 2022: https://t.co/ASb1oWa3gM (paywall: and yes, I am subscribed)
It says the next PS5 will come with a “new semi-custom” 6nm CPU from AMD.
5nm would be too expensive.
– Dr. Serkan Toto / Kantan Games Inc. (@serkantoto) May 6, 2021
Is the PS5 Redesign a PS5 Slim or PS5 Pro?
VGC notes that the redesign appears to focus on the internal components and most likely won’t make any major changes to the console’s appearance or aesthetics. Those who wait for a PS5 Slim will probably have to keep it up a bit longer. Sony has typically introduced the slimmer versions of its consoles around the three-year interval. This is also not expected to be a PS5 Pro. Any Slim and Pro redesigns of the console are expected at the earliest by the end of 2023, if at all.
This particular redesign of the PS5 is most likely in an effort to overcome the component shortages that have made production and delivery of the next-gen console (and a number of other technologies) difficult. Recent comments from Sony indicated that they could potentially release a redesigned PS5 to help overcome those shortages and meet high demand, and it looks like the company could move forward with those plans. How the redesign could affect console performance – positive or negative – is unknown.
It’s not just a shortage of supply that’s keeping the PS5 off the shelves, though. Demand for the new console is huge, making it the most successful console launch ever. Sony has already shipped nearly 8 million PS5 consoles and the number of attachments for PS5 titles is exceptionally high. Since Sony is having trouble getting their hands on even the current PS5 model just six months after release, don’t expect them to start pushing all-new physical redesigns or a pro model already.
If the PS5 redesign is indeed simple to address component shortages, don’t expect much great fanfare around it. Previous PlayStation consoles have undergone minor changes to their model numbers that went largely unnoticed to the general consumer. Product redesigns such as this one are common when switching component suppliers or making very minor lateral changes to internal parts that make the new design distinctly different from the old one.