In most cases, when the current generation consoles are redesigned, their size is usually reduced, but this is usually only possible because they change the SoC to a more efficient model that produces less heat and, for example, therefore, you do not need such heavy cooling. system. Processors and GPUs made with new processes are used to reduce costs and consumption by delivering the same or more power, and in the case of consoles this is no exception.
The SoC of the next PS5, manufactured by TSMC at 6nm
According to Digitimes, Sony is currently in talks with several of its partners in preparation for a redesign of its current PS5 console, and in fact they are already preparing the roadmap that would place its launch in the second or third quarter of 2022. Sony would rehearse with TSMC for making its custom SoC, but in this case the lithography would be improved and it would drop to 6nm from the 7nm of the current PS5 processor.
Compared to the N7 process, the density of the transistors would increase by 18% due to the TSMC N6 process but keeping the same design conditions, connection infrastructure, SPICE and IP simulation program. This would significantly reduce production and development costs while improving efficiency, allowing the console to be built with a simpler cooling system by generating less heat from the SoC, or in other words, with this SoC at 6nm, we could see a new, much smaller PS5. than the current one (in fact the size of the PS5 is one of the complaints of users today, since it is huge).
Now, many of you are probably wondering why Sony would have decided to use the TSMC 6nm process for its new version of PS5 instead of the new 5nm process, and the answer is very simple: because although the 6nm process reduce costs, that of 5nm would increase them because it is still too new and “green”, therefore the production efficiency is still low and therefore its manufacturing costs higher.
Now yes, the next PS5 could be “thin”
The current news is that the new version of the Sony PS5 console is going to change the process of making its custom SoC, but if it wasn’t long ago we told you that the redesign is potentially likely to maintain. aesthetics, knowing that it is a low lithograph. yes we can say with certainty that once again potentially the console could be a bit smaller even for Sony to call it “thin” as it did with previous generations of its consoles.
It is a fact that many owners of the Sony console are not happy with its size and the noise it generates; a redesign that makes it consume less and generates less heat is important, but a complete modification of its cooling system that allows the console to make less noise and take up less space is nonetheless.
It is understood that Sony’s goal with this overhaul is another (mainly to cut costs and have more stock), and in fact Sony has already stated that since the launch of the PS5 in November of last year, they have already sold over 7.8 million units and they plan to double the amount over the next few months, but the launch of a smaller, quieter but equally powerful model could become a very big incentive. , especially if that in turn means that there is stock and the console can be purchased.