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 23 March 2023: We've updated this article with the latest information, from news to leaks, about the possible PS5 Slim console.
According to a new report, the PS5 Pro is in development and could release in 2024. No word on the PS5 Slim.
Latest PS5 Slim Leaks & News
No PS5 Slim information or leaks have been found with this update, but we will continue our search, so stay tuned!
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.
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|
|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
|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?
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.
Featured image courtesy of Wyatt Coe.