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PS5 Slim Release Date Speculation, News, Specs, Price & More

Wondering when Sony will release the PlayStation 5 Slim? Wonder no further, as we're here with the most relevant answers.
PS5 Slim Release Date Speculation, News, Specs, Price & More
Wyatt Coe

Sony released the PlayStation 5 in 2020, and players have been awaiting new versions of the console ever since. Before the Playstation 6 comes out, it is extremely likely that we will see Sony release a PlayStation 5 Pro and PS5 Slim in the next few years if they repeat history.

While Sony hasn't said anything about the PlayStation 5 Slim quite yet, we've done some sleuthing and unearthed some possible information about the potential upcoming console. Here is everything we know so far about the PlayStation 5 Slim, including release date speculation, specifications, and price.

Update on 24 October 2023: We've updated this article with the latest information, from news to leaks, about the PS5 Slim console. A leak suggests it will release on 10 November 2023 in the US!

The new PS5 releasing on in November 2023 is essentially the PS5 Slim, with the volume reduced by more than 30%, and weight by 18% and 24% compared to the previous models. Learn about it in this detailed post from Sony.

Learn more with our article about the PS5 Slim size comparison!

Latest PS5 Slim Leaks & News

Just below we'll keep you updated on all the latest news and leaks:

20 July 2023 - Insider Tom Henderson Shares Some News

Well-known industry insider Tom Henderson has shared some thoughts about the rumored PS5 slim console. 

Writing on Twitter, Henderson said:

"I don't know anything about the recent PlayStation Slim rumors and when it will be revealed. Logically, with a release set for September, a reveal soon makes sense. As for if it will be called the "Slim" or not, I'm inclined to believe it will just be called a PS5 and branded as an improved model. It's my understanding that this new model will completely replace the current PlayStation 5 with the last units hitting shelves by the end of the year."

12 July 2023 - Checked for PS5 Slim info

No PS5 Slim information or leaks have been found with this update, but we will continue our search, so stay tuned!

14 March 2023 - PS5 Pro News, But Still Questions Over The Slim

According to a new report, the PS5 Pro is in development and could release in 2024.

However, there's no word on the PS5 Slim.

25 January 2023 - Tom Henderson on PS5 Gen 2 and chances for a Slim or Pro

PS5 Slim Release Date Speculation

At the time of writing, there is no official confirmed release date for PS5 Slim, but in this article, you’ll find all (if any) information that the developer shared, as well as some speculation from Ginx on when we could see it launch.

Sony has not announced an official release date for the Playstation 5 Slim, so all we can do is speculate about when it might be released. That said, we can take a look at Sony and PlayStation's history to make some educated guesses.

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The PlayStation 4 Slim took the PlayStation 4 and simply made it a thinner device; it's unclear if the PS5 Slim will take the exact same approach. (Picture: Sony)

A Slim and Pro version of every PlayStation have been made, with most taking three years between releases. The Playstation 4 was released in 2013, while the Playstation 4 Slim was released in September 2016, and the PlayStation 4 Pro was released shortly after in November 2016.

Therefore, since the PlayStation 5 was released in 2020, we can expect that both the PlayStation 5 Pro and Playstation 5 Slim might release sometime around 2023 or 2024. Some users suggest that the PlayStation Slim might be announced before the Pro since it will require fewer hardware revisions from the company.

Twitter user Zuby_Tech created a speculative PlayStation hardware roadmap:

PlayStation 5 Slim Specs

Sony has kept their lips sealed about any possible release of a PlayStation 5 Slim, so we can only guess about what its specs might be. Just as we did with the release date, though, we can make an educated guess about the Slim's potential specifications.

The PlayStation 4 Slim was a modified version of the PlayStation 4 that had extremely similar specs to the original model. The only major difference between the two models is that the PlayStation 4 Slim was - you guessed it - slimmer than the PlayStation 4.

Therefore, we can expect that the PlayStation 5 Slim will likely have the same specs as the PlayStation 5, but it will definitely be...well, slimmer.

To get an idea of the PS5 Slim's potential specifications, here are the PlayStation 5's specs:

CPU x86-64-AMD Ryzen Zen 8 Cores / 16 Threads at 3.5GHz (variable frequency)
GPU Ray Tracing Acceleration
Up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS)
GPU Architecture AMD Radeon RDNA 2-based graphics engine
Memory/Interface 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 448GB/s
Internal Storage Custom 825GB SSD
IO Throughput 5.5GB/s (Raw), Typical 8-9GB/s (Compressed)
Expandable Storage NVMe SSD Slot
External Storage USB HDD Support
Optical Drive (optional) Ultra HD Blu-ray (66G/100G) ~10xCAV
BD-ROM (25G/50G) ~8xCAV
BD-R/RE (25G/50G) ~8x CAV
DVD ~3.2xCLV
PS5 Game Disc Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc
Audio "Tempest" 3D AudioTech
Video Out HDMI Out port
Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver 2.1)
Dimensions PS5 - 390mm x 104mm x 260mm (width x height x depth)
PS5 Digital Edition - 390mm x 92mm x 260mm (width x height x depth)
Weight PS5 - 4.5kg
PS5 Digital Edition - 3.9kg
Power PS5 - 350W
PS5 Digital Edition - 340W
Input / Output USB Type-A port (Hi-Speed USB)
USB Type-A port (Super Speed USB 10Gbps) x2
USB Type-C port (Super Speed USB 10Gbps)
Networking Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
IEEE 802.11 a/b/

How Much Would The PS5 Slim Cost?

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The Playstation 5 retailed for $499 at release before its price was raised thanks to supply chain issues. (Picture: Sony)

The PlayStation 5 Slim will likely be a bit cheaper than the PlayStation 5 if it follows in the Playstation 4 Slim's footsteps.

The PlayStation 5 retailed for $499 at release. Therefore, we can expect that the PlayStation 5 Slim will cost $399 at release.