After several months of leaks, Sony today finally confirmed the existence of the PS5 Slim, which is scheduled to release this Holiday season.
According to Sony, the new PS5 has been reduced in volume by more than 30% and weight by 18% and 24% compared to the previous models. The slim models will also come with 1TB of storage, compared to the 825GB in the regular versions.
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“Our engineering and design teams collaborated on a new form factor that provides greater choice and flexibility,” said Sid Shuman, Senior Director, SIIE Content Communications, in a PlayStation blog. “The same technology features that make PS5 the best to play are packed into a smaller form factor, along with an attachable Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive and a 1TB SSD for more internal storage.”
Indeed, those who buy the PS5 Slim Digital Version can add an Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive via an add-on that will be sold separately for $79.99 (AED 295.)
No pricing for PS5 Slim in the UAE yet
The new PS5 Slim is scheduled to roll out in the USA at select local retailers from November onwards, with a global rollout in the following months. While we don’t have official pricing for Dubai and the UAE, the PS5 Slim with Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive will retail at $499 (AED 1,850) in the US, whereas the PS5 Slim Digital Edition will cost $449 (AED 1,650).
It’s worth noting that the price for the Digital Version seems to have gone up: the regular PS5 Digital Edition costs $399 (AED 1,470), while the new slim model costs $50 more. Why? Sony hasn’t explained that yet, but its modular design might have something to do with it. If you are not planning to buy the disc drive later on, it would be wise to get the regular Digital Version – at least before the stocks run out, as Sony confirmed that the current PS5 models will be phased out once the inventory is depleted.
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Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.