In a breakthrough announcement, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 5 Slim. The console, also known as the D-Chassis, hit the US market in early November and is now surprisingly available in regions beyond the original release plan. The Slim version, characterized by its four white side panels and a striking black line of separation, is 30% smaller and 18% lighter than its predecessor, boasting dimensions of 358 mm x 96 mm x 216 mm and weighing 3.2 kg.
Availability and Pricing
Pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 Slim are now open in the UK and other regions, with the UK release date set for November 29, 2023. The console is priced at £480/€550/$499 for the Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive version, and £390/€450/$449 for the Digital Edition. The Australian release date has been announced as December 6, 2023.
Distinct from its predecessor, the PlayStation 5 Slim comes with a storage upgrade to 1 TB from the previous 825 GB. The Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive is positioned in the bottom left quadrant in the standard version, and the console can only stand horizontally, unless an additional £25/€30/$30 is spent on a vertical stand. The Slim version also features a detachable disc drive, offering players the flexibility to use as and when they wish.
The gaming community has aired a mix of anticipation and skepticism following the announcement. Some gamers question the significance of the size reduction and the marketing strategy behind the rebranding. One commenter humorously suggests that the console itself, rather than Sony, has been proactive in reaching new markets, hinting at the power of artificial intelligence. Another sees the release as a marketing strategy to refresh the product lineup before the holiday season and debates the target audience for the console, given its existing market presence.