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Sony is planning to launch a new model of the PlayStation 5 that will feature a detachable disc drive, according to a new report from reputable leaker Tom Henderson. The revised console will include an additional USB-C port on the back of the system for connecting the drive and be released around September 2023, sources claim.

From an Insider Gaming report:

Sources familiar with Sony’s plans have shared details under the condition of anonymity outlining the next iteration of the PlayStation 5. It’s been suggested that this new console will completely replace the A, B, and C chassis that have been in production since the console’s launch.

The console, currently named the D chassis PlayStation 5, will have almost identical hardware to the existing consoles already on the market.

The most surprising new feature of the new this new PS5 though, is that the console will have a detachable disk drive. The detachable disc drive will be connected to the PlayStation 5 using an extra USB-C port on the back of the console.

The new PlayStation 5 console is expected to be available on its own or as part of a bundle with the new detachable disc drive. These drives will also be available to purchase separately, and sources have implied that they won’t “ruin the aesthetics of the console” despite featuring a portable design.

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  1. "Disc Drive". Does this mean optical or an external ssd or nvme of some type? The article isn't clear on that. I'm going to assume external hard drive/ssd... which it already supports anyway but not for PS5 games. Confused guy is confused.
  2. I'm sure they're referring to the Blu-Ray optical drive. Which would be a great move, tbh. I prefer the clean look of a drive-less console, but admit that a external drive would definitely come in handy (ie: physical game gifted, blu ray movie).

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