Sony's new PlayStation 5 console, often colloquially referred to as the PS5 "Slim," is set to replace both the original PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition. Priced at $499.99 in the US, the package includes the console with a detachable Ultra HD Blu-ray drive. For those opting for the Digital Edition priced at $449.99, the detachable drive can be purchased separately for $79.99.
One of the most noticeable changes is the reduction in overall volume by more than 30%, accompanied by a weight reduction of up to 24%. The console now features a redesigned exterior with four separate cover panels, combining a glossy look on the top portion with a matte finish on the bottom. This design change allows users to customize their console's appearance.
The new PS5 comes with dual USB-C ports on each side and a horizontal stand included in the package. Notably, the previous single USB-C and USB-A ports have been replaced. Additionally, both models now come equipped with 1TB of internal storage, a welcome increase from the original 825GB found in the existing PS5.
A significant move by Sony is the detachable nature of the disc drive, offering flexibility for users to opt for the more budget-friendly Digital Edition initially and later add the drive. This shift aligns with consumer preferences, providing options for those who may prefer physical game copies.
To accompany the release of the new model, Sony is offering a redesigned vertical stand, available separately for $29.99. This stand is compatible with all PS5 models, providing users with the flexibility to choose their preferred setup.
According to Sid Shuman, senior director of SIE content communications, the new PS5 model will be launched in the US in November at select retailers and Sony's PlayStation direct site. The global rollout will follow in the subsequent months, and once the existing PS5 inventory is depleted, the updated model will become the sole option available.
"A variety of PS5 Console Cover colors for the new model will be available starting in early 2024, including an all-matte Black colorway and the Deep Earth Collection colors in Volcanic Red, Cobalt Blue, and Sterling Silver. Prices for the PS5 Console Covers will start at 54.99 USD | 54.99 EURO | 44.99 GBP. Additional colors will be released in the future," Shuman wrote on PlayStation Blog.
Despite rumors of a PS5 Pro, Sony has not provided official information on a more powerful version. The company has, however, confirmed that the refreshed model is not a PS5 Slim but rather an upgraded version, maintaining the same hardware specifications as the original.
The new PS5 model is scheduled for release in November in the US, with a gradual global rollout following in subsequent months. Pricing varies, with the PS5 Digital Edition available at $449.99 and the standard model at $499.99 in the US. In Europe, the prices are €449.99 and €549.99, and in the UK, £389.99 for the PS5 Digital Edition and £479.99 for the standard model.