The PlayStation 5 (PS5) is set for a grand return this November with slimmer and lighter models. Sony Interactive Entertainment has unveiled new, sleek versions of the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. They are making their debut in the United States in November and in Japan on November 10.
The most significant change is, as you can imagine, the slimming down of these consoles. The new PS5 models are smaller in volume by over 30% and lighter by 18% for the standard version and 24% for the Digital Edition. If you found the original PS5 a bit bulky, these slimmer models might be the answer.
Cosmetically, they have a new look with a glossy top portion and a matte bottom, creating a distinctive appearance. However, the internal hardware remains mostly the same. No major overhaul is needed for a system that's already a gaming powerhouse.
Here's the exciting part for gamers - the storage upgrade. The new PS5 now boasts a roomy 1TB SSD, replacing the original 825GB SSD. This extra storage is a boon in the age of ever-growing game sizes. You won't need to juggle which games to keep and which to delete.
One of the biggest dilemmas for gamers has been solved. The new PS5 models come with an external disc drive. This means you no longer have to choose between the standard PS5 with an optical drive and the PS5 Digital Edition. Start with the Digital Edition and add an Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive whenever you wish. Flexibility is the key.
As for when you can get your hands on these sleek consoles, the wait is almost over. The PS5 Slim models launch in November. They'll initially be available in the United States and Japan, with a global rollout to follow in the coming months.
The changes to the PlayStation 5 aren't revolutionary, but they're certainly exciting. The "new PS5" isn't a complete transformation, but it's a refinement that could be the perfect fit for those who were concerned about the original's size or storage capacity.
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