Reliable leaker, Tom Henderson, has reported that Sony plans to launch a new PlayStation 5 console model with a surprising new feature in September 2024. In his report, Henderson disclosed that the new console will feature virtually the same hardware as the current PS5 with one major difference - the new console will come with a detachable disc drive that can be connected to the console via a USB-C port.
Instead of two PS5 versions there will only be a base Digital Edition, which users can turn into a standard version by purchasing an external disc drive and connecting it via USB. The new console will also feature an entirely new chassis. With these changes, we expect it will be lighter and slimmer than the PS5 consoles that are currently available on the market.
Sony released the current PlayStation 5 console in late 2020 and, like with the PS4, many fans expected the company to release a Pro version. If this report is true, it appears Sony has chosen to go another route - whether this will appeal to gamers is something we will have to wait and see.
The current versions of the console have undergone some changes since their release. One of these changes occurred recently when we reported that the new PS5 model has undergone an internal design that has left it lighter and slimmer than earlier models.
The fact that the rumored console will only have a base digital edition model suggests Sony is intensifying efforts to ensure more people buy digital games. The company started this by manufacturing a Digital Edition alongside the traditional standard version. Nevertheless, the fact there will be a disc drive demonstrates the company’s desire to avoid alienating users who will rather have a physical version of their games instead of a digital one.
It is important to note that this news is still only a rumor and Sony has neither confirmed nor denied it. Accordingly, we advise you to take it with a grain of salt and keep your fingers crossed for more details. If the report turns out to be accurate, fans have a long wait ahead of them.
Fortunately, Sony will release the PSVR2 soon. According to some reports, it could be available by early 2023. So, if you find it hard to wait for the new PS5 console (and we're not sure why you would, to be honest), the PSVR2 should keep you entertained until its release.