Is Sony's new PS5 design actually worse than the original?

We've just got our first glimpse at Sony's redesigned PS5, and we have to say we're a little underwhelmed. We'd been holding out for an improvement in the looks of a console that's been mercilessly mocked for its gargantuan size. Alas, the new PS5 actually looks identical to the original; it's just a whole lot lighter.

And while lighter might sound better, just how has Sony managed to shaved 300 grams (0.6 pounds) from a device that looks exactly the same? It seems the answer to that may not be an improvement at all. One tech reviewer who's got his hands on the model has discovered that the difference is in the size of the heat sink and that, somewhat logically, the new model gets hotter as a result. There's no suggestion that the change is going to improve availability of the device, but if you fancy your chances getting one, make sure you check our guide to where to buy a PS5.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.