The long-rumored PS5 Slim is reportedly going to be released in 2023, making Sony’s console much more compact. However, even if these reports turn out to be true, we need to manage our expectations for the hardware.
We’ve been hearing about a PS5 Slim since nearly as long as we’ve been able to buy a PS5, but according to an anonymous source speaking to The Leak, the compact console will be released in 2023 and will feature a die shrink treatment for a smaller silicon board boasting the same capabilities as the larger console itself. This will mean that not only could the console be smaller and lighter, but also potentially cooler as it would require less voltage.
Rather than release a slim version of the PS5 disc drive model and the All Digital Edition, the PS5 Slim will feature a detachable disc drive, according to a separate report by Insider Gaming. This would save Sony from needing to sell different variants of the console, it could sell a single PS5 model with an optional disc drive attachment.
The removable disc drive would connect to the system through an additional USB-C port on the rear of the machine, and could be purchased separately from the base unit itself, the reported sources say. This would, in theory, give buyers a cheaper all-digital option with the ability to play physical games down the line.
Will we see a PS5 Slim in 2023?
Popular hardware YouTube analyst Austin Evans unveiled that newer versions of the system featured a smaller motherboard with a revised cooling heatsink with no changes to the externals of the console itself. This means that we could see this board, or a smaller revision of it, featured in the PS5 Slim as the components are already in use in the system as a whole.
What is the PS5 Slim’s place in the market?
Will the PS5 Slim be cheaper and more available?
We’re hoping that the Black Friday PS5 deals could help take the sting out of the price of investment, this is the first year where PS5 stock shortages seem to be less of an issue so there will potentially be savings on console bundles, games, and accessories.
The price increase means the PS5 is more expensive in regions such as the UK, Japan, Australia, Europe, and Canada, with North American pricing remaining unchanged for now. As a frame of reference, the console went from £449.99 to £479.99 in the UK.
That’s an increase of £30 (a percentage increase of 6.66%). Given the fact that the new PS5 Slim is likely to use the 1200 motherboard, or something smaller, we would hope the price is lower than the full-size PS5 but there are no guarantees that Sony won’t keep the price high.