New PlayStation revealed: What we know about the modular PS5
With news that a new PlayStation 5 featuring a detachable disc drive is in the works, let's take a look at what we know about this new model.
There's never a dull moment in PS5-land.
We've already seen 3 different PS5 chassis produced and the latest rumour shows yet another is on the way.
Sony is said to be working on a PS5 model with a detachable disc drive.
Here's everything we know about the PS5 detachable disc drive edition and what it means for you.
PS5 detachable disc drive edition
Codenamed D-chassis PlayStation 5, this new edition will launch sometime next year. Its recommended retail price is still unknown.
Internally, it will be identical to PlayStation 5 consoles found (or not found) on store shelves.
However, it will be designed with a USB-C disc drive in mind. That means an extra port on the back of the console.
It is thought this will allow the console to be slimmer.
It sounds like consumers will have plenty of options when purchasing this PS5 iteration. This chassis will be sold both separately and with the disc drive. The disc drive will also be purchased separately.
There is no word yet on whether this disc drive will be compatible with the PS5 Digital Edition.
Given it relies simply on a USB-C connection, we'd be surprised to see Sony go out of its way to make the drive fail to function with the console.
Sony seems intent on slimming down the PS5. The original report claimed it will be a sleek addition to the console and will not look "external".
If Sony can pull that off, it could be a major innovation in the console wars.
The drive is perhaps most enticing as an addition to the PS5 Digital Edition.
Giving Digital Edition owners a low-cost opportunity to play physical games would be a great way to curry favour in light of the nightmarish PS5 stock shortages.
PS5 stock update
Of course, all this talk of new PS5 editions might seem irrelevant to those of us still unable to obtain the console.
The PS5 stock situation is still same old, same old. Sony's FY22 report was optimistic that the console would become more readily available worldwide, but we've yet to see that come to pass.
COVID complications and computer part shortages mean the console is still devilishly difficult to get your hands on down under.
The PS5 was recently in stock at the Sony Store. It's since sold out, but this will likely provide a boost to the reseller market.
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