Sony PlayStation 5: 6 nm AMD Oberon Plus refresh now available in Europe

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Online News Magazine CFI-1202A and CFI-1202B should consume less energy when gaming than their predecessors. (Image source: Sony)
CFI-1202A and CFI-1202B should consume less energy when gaming than their predecessors. (Image source: Sony)

Sony’s latest PlayStation 5 revisions have now reached Europe. Currently available in a specific bundle, CFI-1202A and CFI-1202B revisions rely on a more efficient APU based on AMD’s Oberon Plus architecture.

Sony has now started shipping its most recent PlayStation 5 revisions in Europe. To recap, the company introduced the third revision of its latest console during the summer, which it assigned model numbers CFI-1202A and CFI-1202B for the disc and disc-less versions, respectively. Although Sony announced these in September, it took until late October before they reached the Eurozone.

As WinFuture notes, Sony is only shipping CFI-1202A and CFI-1202B within Europe under its God of War: Ragnarök bundle. As we discussed last month, the CFI-1202 series features a revised APU. Specifically, Sony has moved onto AMD’s Oberon Plus architecture, which succeeds the Oberon architecture. For reference, while Oberon utilises 7 nm nodes, AMD built Oberon Plus around 6 nm nodes instead. 

On the one hand, the switch from Oberon to Oberon Plus should not yield any performance increases. On the other hand, the die shrink results in CFI-1202 models pulling 20-30 W less from the wall than their predecessors. Theoretically, the power consumption reduction will cut energy costs annually, although only enough to buy a second-hand PS5 game. Additionally, CFI-1202 models are 300 g lighter than their predecessors because of a smaller heatsink, or 600 g compared to the original PS5. In other words, CFI-1202A and CFI-1202B should pass on cost savings to consumers while allowing Sony to simultaneously reduce production costs. 

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(Image source: Sony)

Alex Alderson, 2022-10-28 (Update: 2022-10-28)

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