Sony is already working on PS5 Slim, a console that is shaping up to be the successor to PS4 Slim and will follow the same approach we saw in that one. This means that PS5 Slim will be a smaller, more compact, and economical version of the PS5, although the changes will not remain on the outside.
To design a smaller version of PS5 is necessary to make adjustments internally to reduce the size of the cooling system. In this regard, it is said that PS5 Slim will use a new generation APU from AMD that will be manufactured in a 5 nm process, a significant leap compared to the 7 nm process used by the integrated solution in the current version.
It is important to keep in mind that the manufacturing process leap will not only reduce power consumption but will also have a positive impact on operating temperatures. Think, for example, about Zen 3 versus Zen 2. Both architectures use TSMC’s 7nm manufacturing process, but that process has significant optimizations in Zen 3, and as a result, offers superior efficiency (higher performance per watt consumed), and maintains excellent operating temperatures.
The two attached images represent a conceptual design by LetsGoDigital, i.e., they are not official Sony images, but they serve to illustrate this article. Such design has a quite successful approach, so much so that it is likely that the Japanese company will adopt a similar basis to create its PS5 Slim. Nor can we rule out that this model will arrive in various colors.
PS5 Slim would arrive between 2023 and 2024
There is no official release date yet, but mass production of PS5 Slim will start in 2023, which means that it should arrive at best by the end of that year, and at worst by early 2024. These are dates that, frankly, make a lot of sense, especially if we look at the strategy Sony has been following over the last few years.
We must say that the “Slim” versions seem to be a success, especially because they contribute to democratizing each console veneration that comes to market.