Sony appears to have registered a new PlayStation 5 model in Japan, according to a new listing. The company apparently received construction design certification for a new ‘CFI-1200’ series PS5 model last month which features updated radio equipment. Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has now granted design certification for it.
According to Video Games Chronicle, this new PS5 model uses the CFI-1200 model numbering scheme. Launch PS5 consoles used the CF-1XXX model, while the revised consoles in 2021 used the CFI-11XX. It’s possible that this is simply another revision of the current PS5 that will purely be component-based and not have any external changes like a PS5 Slim.
Last year, it was reported that Sony would begin another PS5 redesign in 2022, featuring a “new semi-customised” 6nm CPU from AMD. The new CFI-1200 series will likely be another revision of the components instead of changing its external design.
Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki stated last year that the company was already looking at solutions to deal with the global shortage of hardware components.
The topic was brought up again during Sony’s financial results Q&A last week. Totoki was asked again what they were doing to combat the components shortages, in which he responded “in different areas… we have changed our source of procurement and also changed our design amongst others. So, we have been capable of coping. So, for the parts procurement, I think that we have a good outlook.”
That said, this doesn’t seem to be a major overhaul of the PS5 as we’ll only see newer redesigned models like the Pro and Slim arrive at a later stage. For the time being, Sony is more focused on combating components shortages and getting more PS5 consoles out on the market as demand grows for Sony’s current console.
Source: Video Games Chronicle