A new report whirring around the gaming industry suggests that the PS5 is indeed getting a new much-awaited variant, usually dubbed PlayStation 5 Slim. After the significant improvement in PS5 stocks around the world, Sony is finally looking to introduce a slimmer version with small performance boosts near the end of 2023.
The Leak, which boasts a successful history of prominent leaks in the gaming industry, has elaborated on new details regarding the upcoming model. A similar narrative was covered a few months ago by a renowned insider, Tom Henderson behind Insider Gaming, which also suggested a new model including a detachable disc drive.
- A new report suggests that Sony will present a new PS5 variant, using a new “die-shrink” treatment to reduce its structure, which will lead to less size, voltage usage, and weight.
- The new model will supposedly not be branded as “PlayStation 5 Slim, but will still feature a significant size reduction.
- The rumored variant will also not rely on the clumsy stands to balance itself.
- The new “PlayStation 5 Slim” will release in 2023’s third quarter, possibly in September if the previous report is evaluated.
Sony has previously attempted shrinking the PS5, but it was not a significant change and still has the original bulky exterior design. However, a proper PlayStation 5 Slim model is evidently in the works that bring a slew of changes to the console’s overall layout.
For instance, the new variant will utilize the new “die-shrink” technology to reduce its size and overhaul the design. The PS5 Slim model will use less voltage, thus requiring less cooling to function without overheating. The weight is also seeing a reduction.
The new model will also apparently come either without or with modifiable awkward stands used to balance the brawny tower. Furthermore, The Leak’s source suggests that Sony will not brand it as the “PlayStation 5 Slim,” opting for a different name. However, it will still heavily alter the overall design and make it slimmer.
However, there was no remark about a detachable disc drive in the new report but Tom did mention the prospect. The removable disc drive will be connected to the PS5 using an extra USB-C port on the console’s rear.
The timeline for Sony to release a new model just makes sense. The old gen has also seen the arrival of new variants in the same time frames, but this time it appears to be more about size than performance. For instance, the PlayStation 4 flooded the markets in 2013, and the PS4 Pro variant followed after three years.
Sony may also benefit from the new model since it may be cheaper to produce than the current PS5. All in all, we can anticipate it to have a whole new exterior look, and the performance will only be upgraded, if not stay the same.
Unfortunately, a release date is almost a year away; a long time remains before the rumors come to fruition. As per the new report, the third quarter of 2023 is anticipated for a retail release, with production starting in the second quarter.
The report by Tom Henderson also suggested a similar narrative, mentioning a release date of somewhere around September 2023.
What are your thoughts about a new PlayStation 5 Slim model coming in the third quarter of next year? Are you looking forward to a smaller variant, or would you prefer more boost in performance? Do let us know your opinions in the comments below.
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