After the successful launch of the Sony PS5 back in 2020, Sony has now announced its next-gen console. The company has unveiled a brand new PlayStation 5 console that packs a slimmer design and offers new features.
Let’s check out everything new in the PlayStation 5 Slim, including changes to its new design, features, price, availability, and more.
Sony PS5 Slim Announced: Design & Features
Sony’s new PS5 is a slimmer model that packs the same power as the launch model. Sony has not officially called it the ‘PS5 Slim‘, but due to its slimmer nature, it is already being referred to as the PS5 Slim by most of the gaming community.
The newly introduced Sony PS5 Slim features a brand-new, slimmed-out design. There are also other new changes, such as:
- 30% volume reduction
- Up to 24% weight reduction
- New PS5 Slim side covers with both glossy & matte finishes
- More storage for games: now at 1TB
- Supports a detachable Blu-ray disc drive
Discussing the new PS5 Slim design further, the top side covers have a glossy finish while the bottom one has a matte finish instead.
It seems like Sony’s intention for a new PS5 Slim was to leverage the power of more efficient hardware & introduce a slimmer design. Sony’s new detachable disc drive is required to play disc games on the new PS5 digital edition. But if you buy the PS5 disc edition, you will get the disc drive attached.
People who have the launch edition of PS5 might be looking to upgrade to the slimmer version. While you can do that, you should know that there is no performance difference between the original console & the new PS5 Slim.
However, those with a PS4 can make the new Slim their next purchase. Sony has also said that once the current PS5 stocks sell out, the new PS5 Slim will be the only model available.
Sony PS5 Slim: Price & Availability
The newly designed PS5 gaming console starts at $449 (Digital Edition), which is $49 higher than the initial price of PS5 at its launch back in late 2020. The other variant available is the PS5 Disc Edition, which costs $499. Both of these come with 1TB of storage.
The detachable disc drive accessory itself will cost $79.99 and is suitable for digital PS5 console buyers who had a change of mind. A horizontal stand will be included with the PS5 Slim, while gamers can buy the new vertical stand separately for $29.99.
Sony has confirmed that the availability of the new PS5 model starts from November 2023. It will be launched in select local retailers first.
It will also be available on the official Sony PlayStation Direct site. Once the console launches in Pakistan, we will update you with the pricing details.
What are your thoughts on the newly designed PlayStation 5 console? Does the new gaming console look good to you?