Sony’s new PS5 Digital Edition for Japan is mysteriously two-thirds of a pound lighter

Sony sleuths just stumbled upon a surprise in Japan: the company has quietly released a new version of the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition listed as 300 grams lighter than the original (through PSU). That’s a whopping two-thirds of a pound, bringing the mammoth console down spacious the eight-pound mark to just below.

How, you may ask? Well, that’s the question!

According to the official Sony manual (PDF) and quick start guide (PDF), as spotted by PS5sokuhouInfo on Twitter, the nothing but differences between the new CFI-1100B and the original CFI-1000B are that change in weight and a new thumbscrew for the PS5’s vertical stand, so you don’t need a screwdriver or coin to set it up.

A new textured thumbscrew.
Image: Sony

It’s not that the console has lost a circumference: Sony’s documentation shows that it has exactly the same dimensions. So what could have changed? The system has a solid internal power supply, a massive heatsink, and a lot of shielding, so those come to mind, but we’ll have to wait for another teardown to be sure. Or maybe it’s just a typo. For context, the full-fat PS5 with the disc drive weighs just under 10 pounds.

The new version is already at Japanese retailers and will go on sale at the end of July, According to PS5sokuhouInfo:.