Sony has unveiled two new models of its PlayStation 5 console that are slimmer, lighter, and have more storage space than the previous versions. The new PS5 models also feature a removable disc drive that can be purchased separately for the digital edition. The new consoles will be available in November, just in time for the holiday season.
What’s New in the refreshed PS5?
The new PS5 models are the result of a redesign that reduces the volume of the console by more than 30%, and the weight by 18% and 24% compared to the previous models, according to Sony’s official PlayStation blog1. The new consoles also come with a 1TB SSD that offers more internal storage than the original units, which had 825GB of storage space.
The new PS5 models have a different look as well, with a curved slit bisecting each faceplate into glossy and matte sections. Sony says that new colored faceplates for these models will be available for $54.99 starting in early 20241.
One of the most notable features of the new PS5 models is the removable disc drive, which can be attached or detached from the console. This allows users to choose whether they want to play games from discs or download them digitally. The disc drive is compatible with both the standard and digital editions of the PS5, and will cost $79.992.
Another accessory that will be sold separately is the vertical stand, which is required for placing the new PS5 models vertically. The stand will cost $29.991. The front-facing USB-A port on the current PS5 has also been replaced with a second USB-C port on the new models1.
How Much Will the New PS5 Slim Cost?
The price of the standard PS5 model with a disc drive will remain the same at $499.991. However, the price of the digital edition without a disc drive will increase from $399.99 to $449.991. This means that users who want to play games from discs will have to pay an extra $129.98 for the disc drive and the stand.
Sony says that once inventory of the current PS5 model is sold out, the new PS5 slim will become the only model available1. The new consoles will start rolling out at select local retailers and PlayStation Direct in November, and will expand to global markets in the following months1.
Why Should You Buy the New PS5 Slim?
The new PS5 slim models offer some advantages over the previous versions, such as:
- A smaller and lighter design that takes up less space and is easier to carry around.
- More storage space for games and other media files.
- A removable disc drive that gives users more flexibility and choice in how they play games.
- A second USB-C port that supports faster data transfer and charging.
However, there are also some drawbacks, such as:
- A higher price for the digital edition and the accessories.
- A need for a vertical stand to place the console vertically.
- Limited availability and supply due to high demand and chip shortages.
The new PS5 slim models are ideal for users who want a more compact and versatile console with more storage space. However, users who are happy with their current PS5 models or who want to save money may not find much reason to upgrade.