Sony releases a new smaller and lighter PlayStation 5 with a detachable optical drive


Sony has announced the release of a new, smaller and lighter PlayStation 5 model with a detachable optical drive. The new model will be available starting this November in the U.S. at select local retailers and direct.playstation.com. According to the company, in the following months, it will continue to roll out this new PlayStation 5 globally. Here are some details about the new PS5 model:

New PlayStation 5

Smaller and Lighter Design

The new PS5 model comes with a smaller form factor that provides greater choice and flexibility. The same technology features that make PS5 the best to play are packed into a smaller form factor.

Detachable Optical Drive

The new PS5 model provides an option to add an Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive to the PS5 Digital Edition. This means that users can choose to have an optical drive or not, depending on their needs.

1TB SSD for More Internal Storage

The new PS5 model comes with a 1TB SSD for more internal storage. This is a significant upgrade from the original PS5 model, which came with an 825GB SSD[5].

The release of the new PS5 model is exciting news for gamers who are looking for a more compact and flexible gaming console. The detachable optical drive is a particularly interesting feature, as it allows users to choose whether or not they want an optical drive. The increased internal storage is also a welcome upgrade, as it provides more space for games and other content.

New PlayStation 5

Pricing

The pricing of the different models of this new PlayStation 5 varies in different markets. Below are some major markets and the selling price of this device in these markets:

USA:

  • UHD Blu-ray Disc Drive Version PS5 – $499.99 (currently about 3645 yuan)
  • PS5 Digital Edition – $449.99 (currently about 3280 yuan)

Europe

  • PS5 with UHD Blu-ray – €549.99
  • PS5 Digital Edition – €449.99

U.K.

  • PS5 UHD Blu-ray – £479.99
  • PS5 Digital Edition – £389.99

Japan

  • UHD Blu-ray Disc Drive Version PS5 – 66,980 yen (currently about 3,282 yuan) (tax included)
  • PS5 digital version – 59,980 yen (currently about 2,939 yuan) (tax included)

Before the official release of this device, there were several leaks and speculations regarding the new PS5. In most of these leaks, the new model is often referred to as the “PS5 Slim”. This is because it is thinner and shorter than the existing model. Also, the company designed this new model to replace the existing PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition. This means that once the inventory of the current PS5 model sells out, the new PS5 will become the only model available.

As shown in the images, the new PS5 has four separate covers, with the top having a glossy appearance. We can also see that the bottom of this device remains matte.

New PlayStation 5

According to the company, the new PS5 has reduced its size by more than 30%. Sony also said that it reduced the weight of this device by 18% for the regular model and 24% for the digital model. There is also a raised part on the side of the new PS5 for housing the optical drive. Users can easily and quickly remove the optical drive housing with a side panel. 

Users can also spend $79.99 / 119.99 euros / 99.99 pounds to buy a high-definition Blu-ray drive and install it. With this, the device remains the same as the existing PS5.

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In addition, the new PS5 console comes with a horizontal stand. However, the new vertical stand will be sold separately for $29.99 / €29.99 / £24.99 / 3,980 yen.

PlayStation 5 specifications

Overall dimensions (excluding protruding parts) Approximately 358×96×216 mm (width×height×depth)
weight Approximately 3.2 kg
CPU x86-64-AMD Ryzen “Zen 2”
8 cores/16 threads
Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz
GPU Graphics engine based on AMD Radeon RDNA 2
Ray tracing acceleration
Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)
Memory GDDR6 16GB
448GB/sec bandwidth
SSD 1TB
5.5GB/s bandwidth (raw read speed)
PS5 game disc Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc
BD/DVD drive Comes with CD-ROM drive
image Supports 4K 120Hz, 8K, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)
Audio “Tempest” 3D audio technology
Front-end I/O USB-C (SuperSpeed ​​USB 10Gbps)
USB-C (High Speed ​​USB)
Rear I/O USB-A (SuperSpeed ​​USB 10Gbps) x2
networking Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) Wi-fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax

PlayStation 5 Digital Edition Specifications

Dimensions Approximately 358×80×216 mm (width×height×depth)
weight Approximately 2.6 kg
CPU x86-64-AMD Ryzen “Zen 2”
8 cores/16 threads
Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz
GPU AMD Radeon™ RDNA 2-based graphics engine
Ray tracing acceleration
Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)
Memory GDDR6 16GB
448GB/sec bandwidth
SSD 1TB
5.5GB/s read bandwidth (raw)
PS5 game disc Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc
BD/DVD drive Optical drive interface
image Supports 4K 120Hz, 8K, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1)
Audio “Tempest” 3D audio technology
front end USB Type-C port (SuperSpeed ​​USB 10Gbps)
USB Type-C port (High-Speed ​​USB)
back USB Taype-A port (SuperSpeed ​​USB 10Gbps) x2
networking Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) Wi-fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax

Final Words on the new PS5

The release of the new PS5 model is exciting news for gamers who are looking for a more compact and flexible gaming console. The detachable optical drive is a particularly interesting feature, as it allows users to choose whether or not they want an optical drive. The increased internal storage is also a welcome upgrade, as it provides more space for games and other content. Please note that Sony designed this new model to replace the existing PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition. This means that once the inventory of the current PS5 model sells out, the new PS5 will become the only model available. Overall, the new PS5 model is a great addition to the PlayStation family and is sure to be a hit with gamers around the world.

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