A couple of months ago, we heard rumors that Sony was planning to release a major revamp of the PlayStation 5 in 2023. Of course, they’ve already revised the system several times, reducing its weight and power consumption, among other changes, but this would be an even bigger overhaul. It features a new form factor with a detachable Blu-ray disc drive. This would allow Sony to simplify, offering one basic PS5 SKU (current models with and without a disc drive will be phased out).
Of course, we still haven’t heard anything official about this new PS5 model, however According to trusted insider Tom Henderson (the original source of this rumor), the device is now in the hands of the developers and the detachable drive mechanism “works flawlessly.”
A small update on PlayStation 5 that has a detachable disc drive – I’ve heard from a couple of people now that the test kit is in people’s hands and it ‘works flawlessly’. We should officially hear more about it soon. For those asking ‘what’s the point’, I think it’s It’s better to make it cheaper to manufacture by having only one console. The regular PS5 and regular digital PS5 will stop being produced by the end of 2023.”
Take this with a grain of salt for now, but Henderson has provided accurate Sony hardware scoops in the past, and streamlining the PS5’s options would certainly make sense. Interestingly, Sony seems to have largely figured out its manufacturing issues even without a major hardware review, recently winning Black Friday over PS5 oversupply. That said, I’m sure they’d like to take things even further and beat and surpass where they were at this point in the PS4’s life.
According to Henderson’s previous rumor, the new PS5 model is set to be released in September 2023. What do you think? Does a detachable drive sound like a good idea? What do you want from a PS5 review?