Sony plans to produce PS5 game consoles with removable optical drives in April next year

Tom Henderson, a reliable whistleblower in the game industry, previously reported that Sony is developing a new PlayStation 5 game console with a detachable optical drive.

The new PS5 game console with a detachable optical drive is expected to start production in April 2023 and go on sale in September 2023. 

Sony is said to plan to sell 18 million PS5 consoles in fiscal 2022 and 30.5 million in fiscal 2023, 12 million of which are older PS5s. Sony will completely discontinue the older PS5 by Christmas 2023. 

The biggest change in this new PlayStation 5 is that it will be equipped with a detachable optical drive, which will be connected to the PlayStation 5 using the extra USB-C port on the back of the game console.

The new PlayStation 5 console will be sold separately or bundled with a removable optical drive. Optical drives can also be purchased separately , so you don't need to buy a new console if it's just the optical drive that fails. As for the price, the source said that the optical drive is purchased separately for 100 US dollars (about 714 yuan), which is the difference between the old optical drive version and the digital version.

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