Sony unveils a new, slimmer and lighter PlayStation 5

Sony unveils a new, slimmer and lighter PlayStation 5


11 October 2023

Sony has announced updated versions of its wildly successful PlayStation 5 systems. The smaller variants, with equally competent hardware, will enter US markets next month, just in time for the holidays.

While performance will stay same, the new models claim to be 30% less in bulk than the original 2020 counterparts. Depending on the model, weight has been decreased by up to 30%. The console now has two USB-C connectors on the front. Furthermore, each side panel is now divided into two halves, which is crucial due to the new detachable Blu-ray drive.

Sony will begin selling a separate Blu-ray drive for the new digital edition for €119.99. It may be attached to the side of the digital model and work much like the normal disk-drive version. This also implies that the drive in the regular model may be removed and replaced with a side panel for those who want a smaller design.

"As the holiday season approaches, we are excited to share that we have a new PS5 model launching," Sony said in a statement. "To address the evolving needs of players, our engineering and design teams collaborated on a new form factor that provides greater choice and flexibility."

Pricing for the new models have been revealed as follows:

  • PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – 549.99 EUR
  • PS5 Digital Edition – 449.99 EUR

Sony will also be selling the vertical stand, being shown off with the consoles in the shots above, as a separate purchase. A horizontal stand will be included in the package for both new models.

The refreshed PlayStation 5 models will be available in the US starting in November, with a global release rolling out in the coming months. The refresh also means Sony has ended the production of the original PlayStation 5 versions. "Once inventory of the current PS5 model has sold out, the new PS5 will become the only model available," explains Sony. The Xbox camp should also have a major refresh coming up soon, if recently leaked hardware plans are anything to go by.

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