Sony reportedly making PlayStation 5 with removable disc drive

A PlayStation 5 with a detachable disc drive is reportedly in the works by Sony for launch around September next year.

The report, by Insider Gaming, suggests the console will otherwise have near-identical hardware to current PS5 models, with the only difference being the removable drive itself, and an extra USB-C port for it to plug in.

There’s also the suggestion this new console will be sold both on its own and with the detachable disc drive included.

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Why would Sony do this when it already has two PS5 models on the market, and one already without a disc drive? Depending on how this model is marketed and introduced, it may make a lot of sense.

As production costs for the PS5 are on the rise – and Sony decides to pass on these costs to the consumer – the company is likely looking at ways to streamline its manufacturing process.

Focusing on a single PS5 model going forwards – with the option of an additional drive for those who want it – makes sense and could cut costs of having two more separate production lines.

As the video games industry continues to transition away from physical media, a focus on a discless model as standard would also make sense – with the additional drive an extra you can pay for if you so choose.

Finally, the option would also likely act as a point of differentiation between Sony and Microsoft, which only offers a discless version of its latest consoles in the Xbox Series S, which is underpowered when compared to its Series X bigger brother.

Eurogamer has contacted Sony for comment.

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