sony plans to ship 18 million PlayStation 5 consoles by March 2023. It’s a good thing the PlayStation 5 went on a diet and lost weight.
SEE THE GALLERY – 4 IMAGES
Sony is currently preparing the biggest delivery of PlayStation consoles in history. The company wants to ship 18 million PlayStation 5 consoles globally and meet console demand head-on. We’ve known about this incoming hardware salvo for some time, but Sony has made strategic business decisions to get the most out of the PlayStation 5.
There are three major developments to follow and all of them are related to each other. Sony comes raised the price of the PS5 in virtually every market except the US due to “economic factors” like weaker exchange rates and inflationary trends (spending records set during the pandemic are surpassed as consumers grapple with rising costs of living). It should also be noted that these same exchange rates drastically reduce PlayStation’s operating profit in the first quarter of fiscal 2022, resulting in a 50% reduction in earnings translated into USD.
Read also : Sony is now facing the very thing that crippled the Xbox One
The next development is that Sony released new models PlayStation 5 CFI-1202 which are lighter than previous models; the new PS5 disc model is 0.6 lbs lighter and the digital is 0.5 lbs lighter. That’s a big deal for Sony (and any company that ships consumer electronics around the world).
“We are planning for the availability of the PS5 next year to ensure that FY2022 will represent the most consoles we have ever sold in PlayStation history,” SIE President Jim Ryan said in 2021.
The third development has to do with Sony’s shipping charges for that massive 18 million console shootout. Lighter consoles mean less weight, and less weight means lower costs of shipping freight overseas from assembly lines to markets and regions around the world.
A quick multiplication shows that Sony has reduced the total weight of its massive 18 million PS5 shipment by millions of pounds, assuming of course that most, if not all, of the shipment is made up of the new CFI-line. 1202.
Weight reductions for CFI-1202 models look like this:
- CFI-1202A (PS5 on disc) – 8.6 lbs / 3.9 kg, weight reduced by 0.6 lbs / 0.3 kg
- CFI-1202B (digital PS5) – 7.5 lbs / 3.4 kg, weight reduced by 0.5 lbs / 0.2 kg
We’re not 100 per cent sure what Sony pays for shipping its units overseas, but like manufacturing and manufacturing costs, it will add up quickly.
Remember that Sony wants to profit from the sales of PlayStation 5 consoles. The PS5 had made a profit in 2021 but that may have changed due to a tighter chip supply and massive demand for tapes and contracts at chip manufacturing facilities. In short, the PlayStation 5 may have become more expensive to manufacture, so to keep costs down as much as possible, Sony redesigned the internals of the PS5 and reduced the overall weight of the console.
We hypothesized that the weight reduction corresponds directly to a newly designed thermal system that could include a smaller, more compact, and more efficient heatsink. Sony released its first PS5 revision in 2021 with the CFI-1115 series, which had seen a weight reduction due to a smaller heatsink. Research shows that this smaller heatsink actually performed better than the solution from the 2020 launch, and the same should be true for the CFI-1202 models.