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The world’s first PlayStation 5 ‘Slim’ now exists thanks to a YouTuber - The Verge

The world’s first PlayStation 5 ‘Slim’ now exists thanks to a YouTuber - The Verge

A DIY TouTuber has created a PS5 "Slim" model. It houses the power supply and cooling in a separate unit, allowing the main PS5 components to sit inside a device that’s less than an inch thick.

The PS5 is a giant console, the biggest in modern history, and a DIY YouTuber has now created a PS5 “Slim” model that’s a fraction more than the thickness of the plastic cases that house PS5 games. Matt Perks, known as DIY Perks on YouTube, has spent a considerable amount of time and effort to create a PS5 “Slim” that brings the size down from nearly four inches to just under an inch.

The result is a slim copper console that contains the key PS5 components, and a rather giant external power supply and cooling solution that can be hidden away. Most of the thickness of the PS5 comes from its cooling heatsink and power supply, so DIY Perks relocated those into a long external unit to make the actual console far more attractive on top of a TV stand.

The modded PS5 ‘Slim’ in action.

Image: DIY Perks (YouTube)

A custom water cooling system replaces the PS5’s existing cooling solution, and makes use of copper sheeting to channel water over the CPU. This sheeting also includes several thermal bridges to help cool components like the SSD and power circuitry that are attached to the PS5’s motherboard.

While Sony has lowered the power consumption of some previous PlayStation models to create slim versions, that’s a little out of reach for DIY and modding. Instead, DIY Perks went the route of the PS2 or PS One slim models by creating an external power supply.

The slim version needs a giant external PSU and cooling unit.

Image: DIY Perks (YouTube)

This external power and cooling unit resulted in disaster at first, frying the motherboard of the PS5 because the unit fell over and blocked air-flow to effectively cool the console. After swapping the motherboard out, the PS5 “Slim” successfully boots and plays games as you’d expect.

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