PlayStation has announced a reworked design for the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition that will begin to hit the market worldwide this November.
As detailed on the PlayStation Blog, the new PS5 models are reduced in size, have a 1TB SSD and have a detachable Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive. Firstly, let’s chat about the smaller form factor. Whether you’re a fan of the overall design or not, we can all agree that the PS5 is doing its best to emulate Lady Dimitrescu, making it a bit of a behemoth, so chucking it in the drier and shrinking it a little is a good shout.
The new model has been reduced in overall volume by 30%, with the slimmer version measuring up to be 35.8cm tall when vertical, while the original model stands at 39cm. Yes, it’s more compact, but what’s with the line running down the middle of the thing, I hear you ask? Well, that little design quirk is there to allow for the attachable Blu-ray drive that’ll be sold separately for US$80 (roughly $125), allowing folks to purchase a Digital Edition without the fear of regret looming over them.
Lastly, there will be a new vertical stand that accommodates the new look but don’t expect to have it packaged in with the console. If you get your hands on the slimmer version you’ll still get a horizontal stand, but if you want to go full Tower of Sauron then you’ll need to get yourself a vertical stand that’ll be sold separately for US$29.99 (around $46).
This new design will eventually replace the OG version, and the price reflects that for the disc version, while the digital version will now run our American friends US$449.95 instead of US$399.99, which translates roughly to an $80 price bump for us in the land of Aus.
Additionally, the blog post confirms that a range of new colourways will also be on offer for the new model, coming in the form of console covers. Rolling out at the start of next year, you’ll be able to get your hands on matte black, Volcanic red, Cobalt blue, and Sterling silver covers that’ll run you US$54.99 (Around $85).
Righto then, what do you make of the smaller PS5? Is it still too big? Do you wish they would just make a Lady D-themed version? Let us know in the comments or on our social media.