Sony is reportedly working on a new version of the PlayStation 5 console and has received a construction design certification from the Japanese authorities. The certification was issued in the month of April for a console with model no CFI-12xx device. This is the same series as the existing PlayStation 5 but a different suffix which is which means the existence of a different PS5 model i.e. CFI-1200.
This is not the first time the PS5 gaming console is getting internal upgrades as Sony has cut some weight and included a thumbscrew to the base stand back in August 2021. Now, the upcoming PlayStation 5 (review) has been registered with a new design including the latest radio and wireless communication equipment standards.
The official reason stated for the incoming architectural change is to cope with the chip shortage that ultimately affects the supply chain. With this upgrade, Sony is also gearing up to avail the PS5 to a wider market to increase its sales number.
The company has estimated to retail around 18 million units of PS5 in the fiscal year 2022-2023. Since the launch, Sony has recorded a sale of 19 million PS5 gaming consoles globally.
In an earning briefing, Sony CFO Hikori Totoki said, “18 million units are what we feel very comfortable we can get the parts and components for during FY22. We feel that there is a little bit higher demand than that, so if the question is if we can meet the demand, I think we’re still short somewhat.”
Despite internal changes to the hardware, the upcoming CFI-12XX model of PS5 will not get any change to its physical appearance. Apart from altering the design, the company has also admitted taking other solutions like changing procurement sources and finding distributed suppliers to minimise the effect of global semiconductor shortage.