Just in time for Christmas: Sony unveils the new PlayStation 5

Sony today unveiled new versions of its PlayStation 5 console, more than three years after the original announcement.
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Sony today unveiled new versions of its PlayStation 5 console, more than three years after the original announcement. The revised models focus primarily on the design and dimensions. Both the normal PS5 and the Digital Edition have become smaller in all dimensions. Sony claims a 30% smaller volume and 18% and 24% less weight compared to the previous models.

Sony has also changed the design of the removable panels. There are now four pieces instead of two, with the top two halves glossy and the bottom halves matte. Sony still only sells the console in white; other color panels must be purchased separately. The company will also offer all-matte black, as well as the previously announced Deep Earth Collection colors (Volcanic Red, Cobalt Blue, and Sterling Silver) in early 2024 for $55.

One of the panels opens access to the new Ultra HD Blu-ray drive, which is now removable on the new PlayStation 5 consoles. However, you can now also purchase the drive separately and then connect it to your Digital Edition. This can also be used to replace a defective drive. The Ultra HD Blu-ray drive is sold separately for $80 and is only compatible with the new consoles.

The new PS5 also comes with a new stand. But this stand only works in horizontal mode. If you prefer to set up your console vertically, you’ll need a separate stand for $30. At least the new stand works with all PS5 models new and old.

Internally there is only one change to the console, and that is the expansion of the memory. The PS5 now has a whopping 1 terabyte of storage, up from 825 GB on the previous model. All other technical specifications appear to be identical.

Sony PlayStation 5 prices

The last thing that has changed is the prices. While the standard model still costs $500, the price of the Digital Edition has been increased by $50. So in the USA it is now 450 US dollars. The new variants will go on sale in November in the US and worldwide in the following months. The current models are still being sold while stocks last.

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