Sony’s first major PS5 redesign will include a detachable disc drive

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This is an extra USB-C port to plug it into. According to Insider Gaming’s Tom Henderson, the next iteration of the PlayStation 5 will include a removable disc drive, authorizing you to play games using a drive connected via USB-C. The report asserts that we could see this new PS5 model by September 2023.

Sony's first major PS5 redesign will include a detachable disc drive

The PS5 currently comes in two versions: one with a disc drive built in and a “digital edition” that can’t read discs even if you plug in a USB drive.

Sony seems to be trying to stop that digital/disc divide, instead selling the same console with or without a bundled drive.

Sony's first major PS5 redesign will include a detachable disc drive

Sony’s first major PS5 redesign will include a detachable disc drive

Hopefully, this means you can still boost the console with a disc drive later. If you choose to save some money when you first buy a PS5 – that option will be especially valued as the console evolves more costly in many countries such as the UK, Canada, and Japan.

Insider Gaming reports that the drive will be sold individually, making it much easier to fix your console if it stops reading discs.

Sony's first major PS5 redesign will include a detachable disc drive

The PlayStation 5’s internals have altered greatly since its takeoff in November 2020. In 2021, a new version started moving out with a lighter heatsink, and earlier this year, the console got a new motherboard and cooling method. Despite those changes, the console remains the same on the outside.

At this point, it’s hard to say exactly how the addition of an external disc drive will change the PS5’s polarizing aesthetic — in theory, the next revision could end up looking just like the current PS5 Digital Edition, except with an extra USB-C port behind.

Sony's first major PS5 redesign will include a detachable disc drive

Sony’s first major PS5 redesign will include a detachable disc drive

According to Insider Gaming, the revision will “completely replace” the chassis on sale today but will have “nearly identical hardware”.

Sony's first major PS5 redesign will include a detachable disc drive

It seems like a while to wait for this option to become available, but Sony is also now working on another major hardware launch, the PlayStation VR2, a next-gen virtual reality headset meant to be paired.

PS5. PSVR2’s release date and price are currently unannounced, though we’re ready to test it out.

Sony's first major PS5 redesign will include a detachable disc drive

Correction September 19, 5:10 PM ET: An earlier version of this article had words that a PS5 with a removable disc drive would arrive in 2024, but Insider Gaming news says it’s coming in 2023. We regret the error.

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