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PS5: New versions – hardware revisions at a glance

The PS5 appeared both with and without an optical drive. What changes come with new versions?

In November 2020, the Playstation 5 was released as a disc and digital edition with revision numbers CFI-1000A and CFI-1000B. In this country and in Europe, Sony assigns the “16” as the third and fourth digit of these hardware revisions, as with the PS4 and PS4 Pro. “00” usually stands for consoles in Japan, the country of origin of the manufacturer.

While in the first editions of the PS5 at least two different fans ensure that the console is as quiet as possible, Sony has been working on an initial revision of the hardware since July 2021, including a new revision number – i.e. official new PS5 versions that will be launched later came.

PS5: Everything about the CFI-1116A version

Website reported a Sony spec sheet for a new PS5 Digital Edition in July 2021, promising a lighter weight of 3.6 kilograms versus 3.9 kilograms for the original Digital Edition version. However, the dimensions and all other specifications are identical. Nevertheless, the revision number CFI-1100B01 is mentioned in the document for the new PS5 Digital Edition.

The following August, the model that (almost) matched the rumors showed up in Australia. It has been confirmed with the listed changes (including the screw for the stand) and is sold under revision number CFI-1102A. The A stands for the disc version. In addition, it was noticed in another document that the vertical base has a knurled screw that can be turned on more easily – ie by hand without the obligatory tools.

At first there were no indications of changes to the inner workings compared to the revision CFI-1000B. As a YouTuber found out in September, Sony has installed a lighter heatsink, which, according to initial assumptions, brings a slightly higher temperature. At least there is also a quieter fan and different WLAN chips. Research showed that while the exhaust air is warmer, the PS5’s processor itself runs cooler for the same power consumption. But the flash memory apparently gets warmer due to the adapted cooler. Gamers Nexus and Digital Foundry came to the same conclusion in mid-September.

Left: the previous PS5;  right: the significantly slimmed-down heatsink of the new version.

First revision update

PS5: New cooler makes Revision CFI-1100 warmer

The PS5 receives the first revision update CFI-1100. It is now clear what Sony has changed. The new version convinces rather little.

Retailers initially named July 20, 2021 as the start date for the new version. This was apparently missed by around a month, or the corresponding time passed between delivery and market launch. Revision CFI-1116A has also arrived in Germany since the beginning of September, as can report after ordering from Otto (PS5 overview page). Other places to go when a drop is available include:

The previous rumor came true, for both consoles (disc and digital). The first signs of an upcoming, general PS5 redesign appeared at the beginning of May. Accordingly, Sony and AMD would switch from 7 to 6 nm production. At the end of May, a Sony patent for a CFI-1115A (USA) was sighted, which gives the disc variant a more powerful WLAN module. The antenna performance should increase from 5.0/3.5 dBi to 6.0/4.05 dBi. It remains to be seen whether further documents or patents (corresponding to the other edition) will appear or whether Sony will even make an announcement. We’d actually guess that both PS5 editions would benefit equally from the improvements.

PS5: New Version – Notes

As of May 2022, more rumors are emerging. A Sony certificate was found for a radio module that is explicitly intended for a “CFI-1200 series”. The new one points more towards further revision than a PS5 Pro. Even with the PS4, with the Pro version, the first of four digits and not just the hundreds place has shifted by one value. There is speculation that Sony is trying to outsmart the pandemic-related supply problems with new sources for the electronics.

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In the following tables, we gradually summarize all the findings that can be found on previous revisions and before any new revisions are announced. We’re trying to gradually bring the information into an overview, as you will find at the end of the article on Playstation 4.


PS5: Hardware Revisions

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revision available info
CFI-1016A Playstation 5 Disc Edition (at least two different fans)
CFI-1016B Playstation 5 Digital Edition (at least two different fans)
CFI-1116A new WLAN chip / lighter heatsink and alternative screw on the base / quieter fan
CFI-1116B new WLAN chip / lighter heatsink and alternative screw on the base / quieter fan
CFI-1200 cheaper WLAN chip?

The following specs for the Playstation 5 Disc and Digital Edition naturally refer to the first variants that have appeared. Nothing or very little should change in the data before a PS5 Pro could be on the agenda after a possible PS5 Slim. Incidentally, vague rumors see this as a premium console for 700 US dollars in 2023 for 8K TVs. So far, however, the reports have not been particularly reliable. We collect what other rumors about the PS5 Pro are in the linked article for you.

CFI-1000A/B Specs

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PS5 Disc & Digital Edition Spec
CPU 8 cores @ 3.5 GHz (variable frequency)
CPU architecture zen 2
GPU 10.28 TFLOPs – 36 CUs @ 2.23 GHz (variable frequency)
GPU architecture Custom RDNA 2
RAM/memory interface 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
memory bandwidth 448GB/s
Internal storage medium Custom 825GB SSD
throughput 5.5GB/s – 8-9GB/s (compressed)
Primary storage expansion NVMe SSD slot
External memory expansion USB hard drive
optical drive optional 4K UHD Blu-ray
sound Tempest 3D Audio Tech

We will update this article as new information becomes available. At this point, we can only speculate as to what changes Sony is making to the PS5. Historically, an optimization of production and internal components should be pending. This is supported by the indications of a finer production and the WLAN chip.

PS4 revisions: digression

Let’s think back to the PS4, Sony released three different devices (PS4, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro), which came to a total of ten different revision numbers per region in around five years. The “CUH-” prefix was followed by the numbers 10xx, 11xx, 12xx (PS4 each), 20xx (Slim), 70xx, 71xx, and 72xx (Pro each). For both the Slim and the CUH-11 and -12xx consoles, there was still a distinction between A (500 GB) and B (1 TB) depending on the storage space.

  1. CUH-1016 (November 2013: Original PS4)
  2. CUH-1116A (Mid 2014: optimized production, new colors)
  3. CUH-1116B (July 2015: 1TB HDD)
  4. CUH-1216A (July 2015: matte hard drive cover, less power consumption, quieter fan)
  5. CUH-1216B (September 2015: 1TB HDD)
  6. CUH-2016A (September 2016: PS4 Slim, smaller design, USB 3.1 upgrade at the front, no more optical audio output, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 5 GHz)
  7. CUH-2016B (April 2017: 1TB HDD)
  8. CUH-7016B (September 2016: PS4 Pro, more power for 4K TVs)
  9. CUH-7116B (Late 2017: Optimization of internal components, quieter)
  10. CUH-7216B (October 2018: new power supply, even quieter)

To list the most important changes in the revisions, we have concentrated on the variants for Europe. The PS4 Pro never came with a 500GB hard drive variant. Consequently, there is no CUH-7016A, -7116A or -7216A.

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EMINeM, the cybercriminal behind the alliance between the ‘malware’ GuLoader and Remcos

MADRID, September 23 (Portaltic/EP) –

Researchers at Check Point Research have identified a relationship between the GuLoader and Remcos malicious programs, which are sold as legitimate tools, behind which lies the same cybercriminal, EMINeM.

Remcos Remote Access Trojan and GuLoader (also known as CloudEyE and TheProtect) are advertised as legitimate tools, but are used in cyberattacks and are among the most common malicious programs.

Although its sellers They claim that its use is legalCheck Point Research has detected a connection between these tools and cybercrime: while Remcos struggles to evade antivirus detection, GuLoader acts as your ally, helping you bypass protection measuresas detailed in a press release.

Researchers have discovered that GuLoader is rebranded and sold as a crypter, ensuring that the Remcos payload remains completely undetectable to antiviruses. AND the same administrator manages the platformselling both tools at the same time operates the official website and Telegram channels for Remcos.

As Check Point Research points out, compelling evidence has been found that this individual also uses GuLoader to protect himself from detection. Domain names and IP addresses associated with the Remcos and GuLoader vendor appear in malware analyst reports.

Going deeper into this, Check Point Research researchers have discovered a clear connection between a individual known as EMINeM and two websites: BreakingSecurity and VgoStore. Remcos and GuLoader, rebranded as TheProtect, are openly sold there.

Likewise, they assure that there is evidence of the involvement of EMINeM in the distribution of harmful ‘malware’, such as FormBook info stealer and Amadey Loader. This cybercriminal leverages TheProtect to evade antivirus detection for its own malicious activities.


According to intelligence from Check Point ThreatCloud AI, GuLoader directs its threat mainly against organizations in the finance and banking sector. According to their data, an average of 2.4 percent of companies globally were affected monthly (equivalent to one in every 41 organizations).

Its most substantial impact has been in the EMEA region, with an average monthly impact of 4.7 percent (equivalent to one in every 21 companies).

For its part, Remcos targets the education and research sectorwith an average of 2.8 percent of organizations globally affected monthly (equivalent to one in 35 organizations).

In this case, they point out that it has the greatest impact in the APAC region, with a monthly average of 2 percent (one in every 50 organizations).

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Spotify plans to offer 24-bit lossless music and advanced mixing tools in future ‘Supremium’ version

MADRID, September 22 (Portaltic/EP) –

The Spotify version with high quality audio ‘Supremium’which the company has planned launch in the futurewill include 24-bit lossless music, plus advanced mixing toolsamong other new features, for a price of around $20.

The music platform has been working since 2021 on a version with high quality audio initially known as HiFi, in which a CD-quality, lossless audio format. During this time, said feature has been delayed indefinitely, however, the Spotify co-president Gustav Söderströmassured in March that “it will come at some point.”

Likewise, as was learned last June, this high-quality version will arrive in a new subscription level called ‘Supremium’ –leaving behind the term HiFi– and it will be he more expensive than the company will offer.

Now, as Reddit user hiplixeli has discovered, Spotify app internal code sample some specific features that the company plans to introduce with the ‘Supremium’ version, such as the 24 bit lossless music and advanced mixing tools. In addition, it will have a price of $19.99 (approximately 18.77 euros at the exchange rate).

As specified, in addition to the high quality, this version will allow users automatically create playlists powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI). Following this line, users will be able to enjoy 30 hours of listening to audiobooks every month and you can also filter through the music stored in your library, choosing tags depending on your mood, activity or musical genre.

On the other hand, as for advanced mixing tools, the Spotify code reveals that it is allowed customize the order of a playlist in relation to the beats per minute of a song or its danceability. Another option is enable ‘Smart Order’ mode with which the most appropriate song sequence will be created based on the time of each song.

Likewise, other functions will also enable a “smooth transitions” mode between songswith which reference points established between the end of one song and the beginning of the next are chosen to establish transitions.

In addition to all this, the ‘Supremium’ version will integrate sound tests to inform users about their listening habits and help discover which sound mix works best for each user.

The code notes that Spotify plans to release this version with a price of 19.99 eurosalthough the Reddit user has pointed out that this figure could be “just a placeholder.”

For the moment, as transmitted by the Spotify spokesperson CJ Stanley to The Verge, the company does not comment on “speculation of possible new features.” “We have nothing new to share at this time”it is finished.

Spotify currently has a subscription service, Spotify Premium which can be purchased depending on the number of accounts to be created or if you are a student, with prices ranging from 4.99 euros up to 15.99 euros, and with different additional functions.

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Amazon will also have a subscription with ads on Prime Video

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Amazon plans to incorporate the advertisements in its streaming content service Prime Video, a change that is expected at the beginning of next year, following the example of platforms such as Netflix and Disney+.

The subscription plans of services like Netflix and Disney+ They have been expanded with a more economical modality supported by advertising, since it shows advertisements between the reproduction of its content to reduce the price that users pay.

Netflix introduced a standard ad-supported plan in November last year, removing some of the most viewed titles from its catalogue. Initially it offered a lower playback quality but in April they decided to raise the resolution to 1,080p to include support for two simultaneous broadcasts.

This summer, Disney shared its plans to introduce a similar ad-based subscription to its Disney+ platform. This is expected to be available from November 1 in several countries in Europe and Canada, for about 5.99 euros per month (compared to the 8.99 euros it currently costs).

This trend of incorporating ads has also caught the attention of Amazon, which plans to launch it early 2024 on Prime Video, as reported in Variety. He would initially arrive at United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Canada and at the end of the year to other countries, among which would be Spain.

The company has explained to this medium that it will show fewer ads than traditional channels and other rival streaming platforms. He has also noted that he has chosen this option to “continue investing in attractive content and continue increasing that investment over a long period of time.”

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