Sony Interactive Entertainment is revamping the look of the PlayStation 5 with a smaller, lighter version of the console this November. In addition to the slimmer form factor, SIE also revealed the Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive add-on for the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – the console without a built-in Blu-ray drive.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
According to the company, Sony’s new slimmed-down PS5 models have reduced volume by more than 30% and weight by 18% and 24% compared to the previous model. The notoriously long PS5 is now slightly shorter at 33 mm (1.25 inches), and slightly narrower at 44 mm (1.73 inches). In terms of weight, the weight of the revised standard PS5 model is decreasing by 1.3 kilograms (about 3 pounds).
There is no change in the price of the standard PlayStation 5 model. The redesigned PS5 will launch next month for $499.99. But the PS5 Digital Edition is increasing in price as part of the refresh; The disc-less version of the PS5 will cost $449.99 at launch. (The original PS5 Digital Edition launched in 2020 for $399.)
Here’s how the pricing plays out in the US, Europe, UK, and Japan:
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive – $499.99
- PS5 Digital Edition – $449.99
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive – €549.99
- PS5 Digital Edition – €449.99
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive – £479.99
- PS5 Digital Edition – £389.99
- PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive – 66,980 yen (tax included)
- PS5 Digital Edition – 59,980 yen (including tax)
PS5 Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive Image: Sony Interactive Entertainment
PlayStation fans who pick up the PS5 Digital Edition can purchase the Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc drive separately for $79.99 (or €119.99/£99.99/11,980 yen). That add-on drive is only compatible with the new models of the PS5 Digital Edition, a Sony representative confirmed to Polygon.
The new PS5 models will be available in November at “select” retailers in the US and through Sony’s PlayStation Direct website. A global rollout is coming in the next months, Sony said.