New PlayStation 5 With Detachable Disc Drive Planned for 2023

Ever since Sony launched the PlayStation 5 in 2020 it’s been all the hype. But that didn’t stop the multinational conglomerate corporation from upgrading the hardware over the years. Some of the changes include a reduction in the unit’s weight and power consumption. However, most of these changes go unnoticed in front of the untrained eye.

New Sony PlayStation 5 With Detachable Disc Drive Hitting Shelves Next Year

The PS5 upgrade, the 1200 Model, was just rolled out, It comes with a full internal redesign. With this version, many are hopeful that Sony is heading closer to giving us a proper slim redesign.

However, even with this redesign, we might be getting a more significant revamp of the Playstation 5 somewhere in 2023. At least that’s what Tom Henderson tells us. He’s delivered goods to Sony hardware in the past and that’s his hunch.

Sources have implied that although the new detachable disc drive is portable, it will not ruin the aesthetics of the console and will attach to it without looking external, presumably meaning the new PlayStation 5 will look similar to the existing model.

However, the new detachable disc drive could entail that the new iteration of the PlayStation 5 will be slimmer and lighter, which is something Sony has been trying to implement effectively with its latest PS5 models.

It’s understood that Sony is anticipating producing 18.5 million units of the new PlayStation 5 console in FY 2023 and only 12 million units of the A-C chassis consoles as they begin to be phased out.

Sony Interactive has reported that as of June 2022, the company has shipped over 21.7 million PlayStation 5 consoles. If these production figures are to be believed, it suggests that the company is expecting a significant ramp-up in the next couple of years as hardware components start to become more readily available. – Tom Henderson

Apparently, this newer version is codenamed the “D chassis” internally. Previously models have been called the A, B and C chassis models. According to Henderson, we could be getting a detachable Blu-ray disc drive, which could be a huge improvement from the current model.

At the moment, Sony offers two PlayStation 5 SKUs – one that comes with a drive and the other without one. In the newer model, the detachable disc drive will plug into the USBC port on the back of the console. Thereby, giving rest to users complaining about the aesthetic being ruined. It’s expected that the disc drive will be sold in bundles. It could be sold separately as well, meaning it’s up to the players if they want to make it a part of their setup or not.

The 2023 model is also expected to go through another weight reduction bringing us a sleeker version of the PS5. However, other changes concerning the model remain hidden. We don’t know how much truth there is to Henderson’s claims.

It is plausible considering that many players find the two-SKU approach to be cumbersome. Moreover, players won’t be the only ones to benefit from the upgrade since Sony could be able to solve their supply issues once and for all with a more refined machine.

So, what are your views on the upcoming PlayStation 5 with its very own detachable disc drive that promises to not ruin the looks of the console? Let us know in the comments below. We upload daily on Appuals, so stay tuned for more. Till then, see you later, and goodbye!

Naseer Abbas
Naseer has been interested in PCs and videogames since his childhood. If he isn't busy playing retro shooters, he's tinkering with emulators or learning something new.