New PS5 console could arrive sooner than we thought

Is Sony going to treat us to a new console for Christmas?

PS5 Vinyl Decal
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If you've been contemplating getting a PS5 but just can't picture where a giant white box will fit in your perfectly set-up space, then you might just be in luck. 

Talk of a new PS5 model or a PS5 Pro has been rife for a while but it seems Sony are taking inspiration from a retro classic, the PS2. This was a console that mid-generation shed a lot of weight to produce the iconic PS2 Slim, and we may just have seen a similarly svelte PS5 Slim. 

Unusually the video evidence has come not from a traditional source, but from an Australian electronics repair specialist, Better Way Electronics. In the footage the console is being held in one hand, something that would be pretty much impossible with the regular PS5 (unless you do a lot of upper body work). 

In terms of design, it seems like this mini-machine will have its own look too. Most noticeably there is a large crease down the middle that splits the console in too, which we reckon looks like a long-rumoured detachable disk drive. In addition, it looks to have a second USB-C port on the front of the console, a handy upgrade from the standard PS5. 

Other than that, it's impossible to tell if there are any significant hardware upgrades, but I think given the reduced size, it's probably unlikely. Perhaps a PS5 Pro will still arrive in the future.

As for the launch of the PS5 Slim? Although nothing has been confirmed, if this leak is legit then we reckon it could be soon, as early as this year. Sony actually has had the PS5 on sale recently, which could suggest it is clearing the old stock for this new model. Microsoft also expects a new PlayStation Slim to launch this year.

I reckon that the PS5 Slim, if real, will mean the end of the chunkier original PS5 and become the new standard edition of the console. While nice, if you already own a PS5, it's likely not enough of an upgrade to warrant a separate purchase. 

Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.