Sony is reportedly planning a PlayStation 5 with a removable disk drive

A new PlayStation 5 model is reportedly on the way. According to recent rumours, this differs from the previous models in that the disk drive can be removed.

With a removable disk drive, the new model may be a little smaller and lighter than the current version.

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It was Insider Gaming who first reported the case. Sources who have spoken to the site say that the new model will replace the three previous versions – namely the one with a disk drive, the one without and the new, lighter model launched earlier this year.

Both innards and design are said to be approximately the same as the existing PlayStation 5 variants. The exception is naturally the disk drive, which is connected with a separate USB-C port on the back of the console. Once plugged in, it will hang on as part of the machine, it’s claimed, so apparently it won’t be left as an external box.

According to Insider Gaming’s sources, the plan is to roll out the new PlayStation 5 in September next year. Gamers can purchase the console on its own, or in a bundle with an included disc drive. The disc drive will also be sold separately, but whether it will work with the original Digital Edition is currently unknown.

Digital game sales at their peak

With disc drives as an optional extra, they could look like Sony is betting more on a digital gaming future. In that case, it will not be so surprising, all the while digital sales of games are clearly the most popular for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

In his latest quarterly report Sony confirmed that a whopping 79 percent of game sales are digital. In comparison, this proportion was 71 per cent for the same period last year.

The console maker could otherwise report that 21.7 million PlayStation 5 machines have been sent to the market. Given how quickly the consoles are being ripped off the store shelves, it is natural to believe that the number of PlayStation 5 sold is also in that area.

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