Slimmer and Lighter: Sony Reveals the PS5 Slim

New PS5 Digital and Disc versions
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Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (SIE), the division of Sony Group Corporation that makes PlayStations has announced a new PS% model. Earlier today, SIE announced the PS5 Slim.

The PS5 Slim is 30% smaller than the current PS5 models and is 18 % lighter. The new model will come in two versions, the PS5 with a disc drive and the PS5 digital Edition. The Digital version of the PS5 Slim has even less weight as it is 24% lighter than the original model.

The slim PlayStation model will have additional storage space of  1TB storage an upgrade from the 825GB in the original model. It will also have 2 USB-C ports.

Notably, the PS5 Slim non-disc version is $50 less expensive than the new Slim model with a disc drive. PS5 Slim with disc drive will retail at $499.99 while the PS5 Slim Digital Edition will cost $449.99.

However, users who would like an attachable disc drive for the Digital Edition will have to part with $79.99. Further, a horizontal stand will be included with the new PS5 model. Sony does have a vertical Stand compatible with all PS5 models. Again, this vertical stand will have PlayStation enthusiasts deep into their pockets and cop out another $30.

PS5 Stand

PS5 Slim Rollout

Select retail stores in the United States will have the new PlayStation model in November release. The global rollout will follow, with Europe and Japanese retailers next. Africa as usual, will have to wait much longer

Once the inventory of the current PS5 model has sold out, the new PS5 will become the only model available.” writes Sony on their site.

The current PS5 models being faced out were unveiled in 2020. PS5 original models hit the stores at $499 for the model with the Blu-ray drive and only $399 for the digital model. This means Sony has maintained the price of the drive version but used the new model to increase the price of the digital edition.