Sony continues to work on substantially altering the PlayStation 5 offering, according to reports. According to reports, the business has shipped out PS5 modular test kits, with retail units slated to replace both the standard PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition in the future.
Sony appears to be edging closer to producing a PlayStation 5 (PS5) console with a removable disk drive, nearly three months after the rumor originally surfaced. For perspective, the rumor began with Tom Henderson, an industry source who accurately predicted the release of the DualSense Edge controller months before Sony revealed it. Even if the rumored upgrade is not the debut of PS5 Pro or Slim versions, it should represent a more significant refresh of the PS5 series than the AMD Oberon Plus revisions that were released this year. With the PlayStation 6 rumored to be released in 2028, the PS5 with a removable disk drive could also function as a mid-cycle upgrade.
Supposedly, Henderson has now “heard from two sources” that Sony has begun distributing test kits of the undisclosed system, a significant step towards its public release. Henderson adds that these test kits are supposed to function “impeccably,” meaning that they function as well as retail units are expected to. Henderson emphasizes that this modular PS5 will replace the two models Sony now offers, rather than offering a third choice.
It is unknown if the external disc drive will be compatible with current Digital Edition units. Despite the fact that Henderson has not yet specified when Sony will release this version of the PS5, he claims that we will “formally learn more about it soon.” Moreover, he adds that Sony will cease production of the standard PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition by the end of 2023. Therefore, Sony may only offer the PS5 with a removable disc drive in 2024, unless Slim or Pro variants are released.