Out of everything that has come out of the FTC hearings, the latest information is quite interesting. We know that Sony is reportedly working on a PS5 slim console. The PlayStation 5 model D, as it is codenamed, doesn’t include a disc drive and is lighter and thinner at the same time. The console reportedly includes an extra USB C port at the back of the unit where users can plug in a PS5 disc drive and use it on the device.
While these details haven’t changed in about a year now, Microsoft claims that Sony will launch the PS5 Slim in 2023. According to documents from the latest hearing, the company says that the PlayStation 5 Slim is expected to release “later this year”.
The document highlights Microsoft’s claim in a subsection where it details the price points of the Xbox Series X/S and the PS5. The paragraph compares the entry-level console to the Switch OLED too. However, the comparison which is important to note here is the mention of Sony’s PlayStation 5 Slim and its price tag. Microsoft says the console is going to cost $399.99.
Of course, the paragraph isn’t meant to reveal the console but more shed light on the various price points in the industry. Microsoft has, in a way, let the cat out of the bag a little early I would say.
Then again, the mention of the PlayStation 5 Slim in the hearing might simply be based on Sony’s previous track records. We know the company always releases a slim version of its hardware somewhere down the line. However, Microsoft could be referring to information that the company is aware of.
Reports claim that the PS5 Slim won’t be cheaper. The overall design will remain the same but it is expected to be a bit thinner. Sony will likely keep the collar-shape design intact so users can still purchase exchangeable faceplates to customise the unit.
Source: FTC via Exputer