Sony’s PS5 console has been successful, but its popularity has been limited by the supply issues due to the chip shortage. However, by the time these supply issues get fixed, Sony may already be preparing to launch an updated PS5 version. The production of the redesigned PS5 components is said to be scheduled for Q2-Q3 2022.
Previous rumors were suggesting that Sony may launch a slim PS5 model powered by a 5 nm processor in 2023, but now Sony is probably ditching the plans for a 5 nm processor because the production costs could raise the MSRP too much. Instead, Sony is planning to utilize a 6 nm AMD semi-custom processor made by TSMC, and the redesigned PS5 could launch in 2H 2022.
Industry sources suggest that the 2022 PS5 would only get a 6nm AMD semi-custom processor produced by TSMC using FC-BGA tech on ABF substrate. An upgrade over the current 7nm chips to a 6nm process would certainly boost performance. Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL), a subsidiary of ASE Technology Holding, along with China-based Tongfu Microelectronics, will remain the key backend unit assemblers for the redesigned PS5, with the former likely to continue handling 30% and the latter 70% of all the orders. Sony has managed to sell 7.8 million PS5 units by the end of Q1 2021. However, sales are expected to slow down due to the ongoing chip shortages, so the total units sold by the end of 2021 may only break the 10 million milestone.
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