News hardware PS5 Slim: the next PlayStation will drop a Blu-ray player and here’s why
Thunderbolt in the world of consoles. Sony is about to abandon, for the first time, its fully integrated disc player. Are we headed for a PS5 Slim and above all why go all-digital?
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According to a well-known insider in the JV environment,
Sony will make big changes to its new PS5. A radical change that will have a direct impact on the entire PlayStation 5 range.
Inside sources point to a more compact version of the PS5, but with the same graphics components. The CPU cannot be changed, on the other hand have to say goodbye to the integrated Blu-Ray player. This is the big revolution for the console. Who says less is more, says you have to choose. Sony may have decided to remove it for several reasons which we will discuss later in the article.
To be more precise, the Blu-ray reader should not be missing, it will be optional, therefore sold separately. We suspect it’s not just a reader to be placed next to the console. According to the insider, the aesthetics of the console will not be affected.
It shows integration, either in the case or integrated into the chassis of the new PS5. One of his sources said that this reader connects via the USB-C port on the back of the console. So prefer to go to a placement outside the console.
This information suggests a new PS5 Slim. The timing also makes sense. According to him, it is the new version will arrive around September 2023. As a reminder, the PS4 was released in November 2013 and the PS4 Slim in September 2016. Three years therefore separate the two consoles. Knowing that the PS5 was released in November 2020, it makes sense that September 2023 would be the date for a PS5 Slim.
Why change the PS5 when it works so well?
The reasons for this development are many. Obviously there is an economic aspect that comes first with the new PS5. For Sony, it might be possible to make only one PS5 and not two. Changing a production line to switch from one model to another costs money and time. So the Japanese factory simplified its production equipment and made huge savings.
Always in the aspect of economy, it is a question of removing the only moving element of the console, except the fan. This is often where the first PS5 malfunctions come from. Therefore the cost of after-sales service is reduced. Fewer customer returns equal more profit.
The third aspect, still economic, but more insidious, is that the 100% digital versions with an option for a player, will push people to get a PlayStation Plus subscription instead. In the short term, the customer makes a good deal, but in the long run it will be more profitable for Sony. A dematerialized game should bring in more money than its physical version.
Finally, the last point, it is in favor of the customer. Dragging the Blu-ray player is allowed in case of damage to be able to replace it directly, without having to repair your entire console or send it to Sony after-sales service. If it is out of warranty, you will have to pay the cost of the repair. A removable CD drive is therefore good news for the recovery of the new PS5.
The end of physical games for the new PS5?
Sony is probably heading for a world of video games where the physical medium has no place in it. Between the PlayStation Plus service and its dematerialized game store, discs have a hard time. It’s even surprising that the change took so long. In other parts of the entertainment industry, such as films in particular, the CD has largely disappeared. The world of video games is one of the sectors where this medium is still common.
It’s just a paradox, the best-selling PS5 model is the reader version while most games are sold in dematerialized form. In a report on
we just learned that 20% of games between PS4 and PS5 are sold physically. A part of today’s ultra minority.
So Sony made a bet not to do much of it, by betting all-digital. And for die-hard fans of the physical format, there is an option. That’s it indicate that playing CDs is optional and that the best is dematerialized.
Summary of the characteristics of the new PS5 Slim
This is an extension of Sony’s all-digital strategy. This is another step towards a virtual-only video game industry. This new PS5 Slim allows for a more compact console than the current large PlayStation 5. Pulling out the Blu-Ray drive also reduces hardware wear and tear, improving the console’s reliability.
This new chassis should be called “chassis D”. Versions A, B and C are the versions currently on sale. Model C that is
next generation PS5
which has just been marketed in Australia, with reduced weight and better optimization.
What to remember about this new PS5 Slim:
- New, more compact chassis
- A digital-only model (Blu-ray player is not present by default, but possibility to add a removable one)
- Same power as previous version
- Possible release in September 2023
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