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New PS5 model uses less power when playing


A newly-spotted PS5 model is not only lighter but uses less power when playing games.

The redesigned PlayStation 5 is 200g lighter than Sony’s last revising of the console, and approximately 450g lighter than the launch PS5, according to Austin Evans.

Evans, who recently shared a teardown of the new PS5 model, also says that the console pulls 20-30 watts less when playing games.

“Sony shrank almost everything including motherboard and the internal packaging to make it lighter and almost certainly cheaper (for them),” Evans wrote… which stings a little considering the PS5 is now $50 AUD more expensive.

As we discussed in today’s Friendly Fire Show podcast, Sony should be praised when it comes to power consumption; a report by The Verge suggests that an Xbox Series X in standby mode will use 11-13 watts, costing you about $100 AUD extra on your power bill each year. In comparison, the PS5 uses just 2 watts in rest mode. If you’ve got an Xbox Series X, we suggest you use energy-saving mode.

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