Sony is planning to launch a PlayStation 5 with a detachable disk drive in September next year.
Insider Gaming claims that the console will otherwise have similar hardware to its current PS5 versions, with the exception being the removable drive itself, as well as an additional USB-C connection.
There''s also the possibility that this new console will be purchased on its own as well as with the detachable disc drive.
Why would Sony do this when it already has two PS5 models, and one one without a disc drive? It may make a lot of sense depending on how this model is marketed and implemented.
As the PS5''s production costs rise, and Sony decides to pay off these costs to the consumer, the company is likely to look into ways to improve its manufacturing process.
Focusing on a single PS5 model futures, with the option of a more active drive for those who want it, makes sense and might reduce the costs of having two more separate production lines.
As the video game game industry continues to transition away from physical media, a focus on a discless model as standard might also make sense, with the additional charge a bonus you may pay for if you choose.
Finally, the option would appear to be a line of differentiation between Sony and Microsoft, which only provides a discless version of its most recent Xbox Series S consoles, which is unpowered when compared to its Series X bigger brother.
Eurogamer has received a reply from Sony.