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New PlayStation revealed: What we know about the modular PS5

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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.

Check the cheapest PS5 price on eBay

Check the cheapest PS5 price on eBay

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.

But why?

PS5 digital edition

If compatible, the PS5 detachable disc drive could be a worthy addition to the PS5 Digital Edition. Image: Supplied

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.

Click here for our complete guide on buying the PS5 in Australia.

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.

For now, following PS5 Stock Alerts Australia on Twitter and bookmarking this lowest price eBay link remain the most important steps for keeping track of affordable PS5 stock.

Buy PS5 accessories

Whether you've got your hands on a PS5 or you're still an aspiring owner, don't overlook these deals on PS5 accessories.

Wireless PlayStation 5 controller (Starlight Blue)
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Most PlayStation 5 purchases will include a controller, but some may not. If yours does not, take advantage of this deal from eBay.

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Pulse 3D wireless headset
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The PlayStation 5's 3D audio system is one of its most exciting elements. With sounds flying in seemingly from every direction, this is a critical element of the next-gen experience.

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PlayStation 5 HD camera
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The in-house production capabilities of the PlayStation 5 wouldn't be complete without this accessory. Whether streaming or playing with friends, this HD camera ensures crystal-clear quality and intuitive functionality.

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