The PS5 is so popular that shoppers are still complaining about the PS5 rebuild six months after launch, but there could be a big change in the way it’s worth the wait.
DigiTimes reports that semiconductor maker TSMC plans to produce a redesigned PS5 at some point in the second and third quarters of 2022. And it could deliver significantly more power.
The idea of a redesigned PS5 may seem a little premature, as the current PS5 is not even a year old yet. But the lack of stock and semiconductor supply challenges saw Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki suggesting that stock shortages could be overcome with electronic product design or finding other resources in the supply chain,
“For example, we might find [a] other resource [for semiconductors]or by changing the design, we could cope [semiconductor shortages], ”Said Totoki in Sony̵
It’s unclear if Totoki is referring to the PS5 here or any other electronics or both. But combined with DigiTime’s supply chain sources, the idea of a redesign PS5 does not seem far-fetched.
PS5 upgraded AMD chip
According to DigiTimes’ sources, the redesigned PS5 could have new silicon with a “new semi-customized” CPU from AMD built on the 6-nanometer process node; the current PS5 uses a 7 nm custom octa-core AMD Zen 2 processor.
The move from 7 nm to 6 nm could see that the PS5 delivers a performance high and utilizes the power more efficiently. In fact, we could look at a PS5 Pro. This would not be the most unusual thing when the PS4 Pro followed the PS4 – but it was after three years after the latter release in November 2013.
Admittedly, a late release in 2022 will only mean a two-year gap between the PS5 launch and a potential ‘pro’ version. But with the lack of semiconductors making it difficult to find the current PS5 and its Digital Edition counterpart, moving to a console built around a different processor manufacturing node can see Sony circumvent that shortcoming. It is assumed that 6 nm chip yields could be strong enough to meet potential demand.
We have no way of confirming DigiTimes’ sources, but that does not stop our brains from imagining what we would like to see from the PS5 Pro. An obvious one would be a more compact and less … striking design, perhaps one that can be better integrated with existing entertainment devices.
More power and increased SSD storage space would also be appreciated, as the 825GB of storage space on the PS5’s super-fast PCIe 4.0 SSD is not very spacious for modern games and their large installation sizes.
That said, we’re only now seeing just the power of the PS5 put into proper action, with Returnal really showing how a game can look and deliver when built specifically for a single platform.
So there’s probably a lot more to get out of the PS5 before we get an upgraded one. Time will tell if this supply chain leak results in a new game console approximately 18 months later.