PS5 Slim Console: We have received confirmation from a reliable gaming insider that a “PlayStation 5 with a detachable disc drive” is currently “in people’s hands” and, most excitingly, “it works beautifully.” Last week, I wrote that Sony is probably planning to unveil a new PS5 console during the following year.
Tom Henderson, a well-known insider in the video game industry, provided the following information on the forthcoming PS5 console(opens in new tab): “A brief update on the PlayStation 5’s detachable disc drive: according to two sources, the test kit has now been distributed and “functions wonderfully.”
Soon, there ought to be official information released.” This is almost certainly the “PS5 Slim” console that The Leak(opens in new tab) and reputable North American news outlet Forbes(opens in new tab) first reported on back in November.
Still, the legitimacy of this report is strengthened even further by the revelation that actual hardware is in the hands of developers. The upcoming console was stated in that initial rumor, titled “A PS5 Slim may be due in 2023,” as adopting a die-shrink procedure to lower its overall design.
It also used less power, ran more excellently, and weighed less than the original PS5. In addition, it was said that the slim-line console planned to do away with the PS5’s plastic stand. Production is expected to begin in Q2 2023, ahead of the system’s anticipated debut in Q3 2023.
The most exciting part of this new update is Henderson’s statement that “we should hear more about it officially shortly.” This statement makes me believe we may anticipate some teaser reveal early in 2019, perhaps in conjunction with the PSVR 2 launch in February.
What would the new PS5 console’s sleek design and removable disc drive look like? Our finest look to date is provided by an exquisite concept design video, as T3 previously reported. The entire video is available to view below.
The T3 Take: A PS5 Slim Is Incoming In 2023, But Is A PS5 Pro?
This indicates that a new PS5 system is welcome but not unexpected in developers’ hands. I’ve written on how Sony has released new console hardware in the third year of a console generation for several console generations in a row, and with the PS5 arriving in 2020, the following year in 2023 will be that three-year point.
The much-rumored “PS5 Slim,” which will follow the PS4 Slim and PS3 Slim in almost certainly launching in September of the third console generation and will be a direct replacement for both the original PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition, will almost certainly be the new PS5 console with a detachable disc drive, even though current thinking is that Sony won’t call the console “Slim.”
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— DomTheBomb (@DomTheBombYT) December 12, 2022
Naturally, nothing is official yet, but it seems to me that this new PS5 will retail for less than a conventional PS5 and come without an optical disc drive as standard, with an add-in optical disc drive subsequently being available separately if wanted.
Additionally, the console might be supplied in a variant with an optical disc drive already installed, or the regular console could include a disc drive. The key is that this new system, which will replace the PS5 late in 2023, is expected to be more compact and smaller than the original PS5 and more effective and quieter (based on advances made to previous Slim consoles).
PS5 Slim (2023) – Everything We Know!https://t.co/btE6EYbc3C pic.twitter.com/RucWF9qOKN
— Daniel (@ZONEofTECH) December 9, 2022
The main concern I have right now is whether or not a PS5 Pro console will also be released in 2015. For the PS4 generation of consoles, Sony first released the PS4 Slim in September of the third console generation and the PS4 Pro in November of that same year.
There haven’t been many speculations or leaks about the PS5 Pro’s potential features up to this point. Still, the possibility that it might feature two GPUs has surfaced, and tech company TCL has estimated the console’s potential power.
A Sony Senior VP has teased new PS5 hardware to be announced or released in 2023. Is this the reported PS5 Slim? https://t.co/FdPGXyzvXe#PS5 #Sony pic.twitter.com/Pqvqsm46hF
— PlayStation LifeStyle (@PSLifeStyle) December 16, 2022
As the owner of a standard PS5 with a disc drive, I would not be interested in switching to a PS5 Slim since I do not believe the cost would be justified. But what if there was a PS5 Pro system that was even more potent and officially outperformed the Xbox Series X? That is an entirely different issue. The Flash could pour his morning coffee faster than Sony could get my money.
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