The PS5 is undoubtedly one of Sony’s biggest consoles, so it’s no surprise to see a YouTuber taking his own steps to create a slim model.
While we await official news of a PS5 Slim, YouTuber Matthew ‘DIY Perks’ Perks has taken up the challenge. Well known for taking on tech related builds, his latest Youtube (opens in new tab) the video shows him creating a working PS5 model just 2cm tall. Basically, this is just a little bigger than your standard 15mm DVD case.
To accomplish this, he disassembles the console and adjusts its components to fit the much smaller copper casing. It’s an impressive effort, although there is one big problem. To fit it all together, Perks basically built a new cooling system, which is powered by a large block of energy that must be hidden out of sight. It’s a cheeky solution, though still a commendable effort.
Unfortunately, it almost ends in disaster for Perks after a problem with the cooling unit, which crashes the PS5 due to overheating when testing this in Astro’s Playroom. Fortunately, a spare PS5 unit came to the rescue and after making some adjustments, the second attempt with Horizon Forbidden West was much more successful. You can watch it in full below:
When can we expect an official PS5 Slim?
There’s no doubt that Sony plans to release a PS5 Slim, we just don’t know when. A slim model has been released for all PlayStation home consoles so far, with the PS3 Slim and PS4 Slim arriving three years after their original counterparts.
So far, we’ve only seen one hardware revision since launch with the PS5 Digital Edition. Shipping with serial number CFI-1100B, it is 300 grams lighter than the launch model. That’s thanks to a slightly redesigned heatsink and the use of a different screw for the PS5 stand. It’s not exactly the slim review many are hoping for.
A second new PS5 model was also discovered last month, labeled the CFI-1200, but similarly minor revisions seem likely. Given the current global chip shortage, it’s unclear whether Sony will release a PS5 Slim in the near future. It’s already having enough problems to meet the demand of the original console.
Still, given the debate surrounding the PS5’s hefty size before launch, you can see why this redesign would be appealing.