The PS5 is arguably one of the best consoles Sony has ever made, so it's no surprise to see a YouTuber go his own way to create a slim model.
While we await official word on a PS5 Slim, YouTuber Matthew 'DIY Perks' Perks has taken up the challenge. Known for tech-related builds, his latest YouTube video of him (opens in new tab) shows him creating a working model of the PS5 just 2cm tall. Basically, it's just slightly larger than the standard 15mm DVD case.
To achieve this, he disassembles the console and adjusts its components to fit into the much smaller copper shell. It's an impressive effort, although there is one major problem. To incorporate all of this, Perks has essentially built a new cooling system, which is powered via a chunky power supply meant to be hidden away. It's a cheeky solution, though it's still a commendable effort.
Sadly, it nearly ended in disaster for Perks following an issue with the cooling unit, causing the PS5 to stall due to overheating when tested in Astro's Playroom. Fortunately, a spare PS5 drive came to the rescue, and after some tweaking, the second attempt with Horizon Forbidden West was much more successful. You can see it in full below:
When can we expect an official PS5 Slim?
There's no doubt that Sony plans to release a PS5 Slim eventually, we just don't know when. It has released a slim model for every PlayStation home console thus 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. It comes with the 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 mount. It's not exactly the slim review many are expecting.
A second new PS5 model was also spotted last month, labeled CFI-1200, but similar minor revisions seem likely. Given the current global chip shortage, it's unclear if Sony will release a PS5 Slim in the foreseeable future. It's already struggling enough to keep up with the demand for the original console.
Still, given the debate surrounding the PS5's massive size before launch, you can see why such a redesign would be appealing.