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

The PS5 is a giant console, the largest in modern history, and a DIY YouTuber has now created a PS5 “Slim” model that is a fraction more than the thickness of the plastic covers that contain PS5 games. Matt Perks, known as DIY Perks on YouTube, has spent a lot of time and effort creating a PS5 “Slim” that reduces the size from almost four inches to just under an inch.

The result is a sleek copper console that contains the most important PS5 components, and a rather gigantic external power supply and cooling solution that can be hidden away. Most of the thickness of the PS5 comes from the heat sink and power supply, so DIY Perks moved them to a long external device to make the console itself far more attractive on top of a TV stand.

The mod PS5 ‘Slim’ in action.
Photo: DIY Perks (YouTube)

A custom water cooling system replaces the PS5’s existing cooling solution, and uses copper plates to channel water over the CPU. This sheet also includes several thermal bridges to help cool components such as the SSD and circuits attached to the PS5 motherboard.

While Sony has lowered the power consumption of some previous PlayStation models to create sleek versions, it is a bit out of reach for DIY and modding. Instead, DIY Perks went the route of the PS2 or PS One slim models by making an external power supply.

The slim version needs a giant external PSU and cooling unit.
Photo: DIY Perks (YouTube)

This external power and cooling unit resulted in a disaster in the beginning, and burned the motherboard of the PS5 because the unit fell over and blocked the air flow to effectively cool the console. After replacing the motherboard, the PS5 “Slim” successfully launches and plays games as you expect.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this custom cooling solution also results in some temperature improvements for the PS5. DIY Perks measured major improvements in RAM and VRM temperatures, noting that temperatures can be lowered further with an even larger external cooling unit.

While some would call the huge power and cooling unit a cheat, the whole project is still a fascinating 30-minute journey into the trial and error of modding consoles. The custom copper water block is impressive in how easy DIY Perks make it work, built with a jigsaw and standard tools. Fortunately, scalpers are unlikely to put in nearly as much effort to make the PS5 “Slim” a reality on eBay right away.