EXCLUSIVE: Sony Developing New PlayStation 5 With Detachable Disc Drive!
— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) September 19, 2022
Henderson claims that a new PS5 model has been in production since November 2020, when the PS5 launched. The design of the new model is expected to be similar to the current one, but it could be “thinner and lighter”. The disc drive is said to be connected using the USB-C port on the back of the PS5. The console can be sold separately or bundled with a detachable disk drive, with the option to purchase the disk drive separately. However, the report did not share any details about the pricing or show images of the new model. Sony plans to produce 18.5 million new PS5 units and 12 million of the current model in FY 2023, Henderson said, and the current PS5 model will be phased out.
If this report is true, the new PS5 model will come with the biggest hardware change for the console product. Sony periodically refreshes the PS5 hardware to make it lighter and more efficient, but the rumored refresh lets you add an extra component. It’s unclear how this change will affect the price of the PS5. As PS5 stocks are limited in India as well, it remains to be seen whether it will launch in the country on the same day as the global release.