The compact PS5 design boasts a 1TB storage capacity, an upgrade from the original consoles’ 825GB, catering to both the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition. Additionally, the new model offers the flexibility to add an Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive to the PS5 Digital Edition.
In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Sid Shuman, Senior Director, SIE Content Communications, explained that Sony introduced this new PS5 “to accommodate the evolving preferences of players.”
Shuman further elaborated, “Our engineering and design teams collaborated on a fresh form factor that provides increased choices and adaptability. All the technological advancements that make the PS5 a superior gaming experience are now packed into a more compact design, complete with an attachable Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive and a 1TB SSD for expanded internal storage.”
Compared to the previous models, the new PS5 has seen reductions in volume by over 30% and in weight by 18% and 24%, as per Sony’s statement. The redesigned PS5 features four separate cover panels, with the top portion sporting a glossy finish, while the bottom retains a matte look. Customers purchasing the PS5 Digital Edition have the option to purchase the Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive for the PS5 separately, available for $79.99 | €119.99 | £99.99 | 11,980 JPY.
This upcoming PS5 model will be accessible starting in November in the United States at select local retailers and direct.playstation.com where available. Sony plans to introduce it globally in the ensuing months. Once the current PS5 model inventory is depleted, the new PS5 will become the sole available model. Daniel Ahmad, Director of Research & Insights at Niko Partners, noted on Twitter that “this reflects Sony’s current perspective on its approach to next-gen.” Ahmad suggested, “If the new Digital Edition garners traction and we witness a sustained increase in digital software sales, it wouldn’t be surprising if Sony defaults to the digital + disc drive add-on for the next generation.”
Piers Harding-Rolls, a games industry analyst at Ampere, added that “with the ability to upgrade the new Digital Edition of the PS5, Ampere anticipates a higher share of total sales for this version compared to the previous model.” According to Ampere data, the Digital Edition accounted for only 16% of sell-through up to the end of June 2023. The adoption of the digital edition of the console is expected to boost sales of digital games through the PlayStation storefront, resulting in increased storefront revenue for Sony, and aligning with its profit margin objectives.