PlayStation 5 will come in two versions, including digital edition without a disc drive

There will be two versions of the PlayStation 5 available to fit your budget and needs, though we still don't have a price.


Today was a momentous occasion for PlayStation fans. Sony finally revealed what the system will look like when it debuts this holiday season, along with a bushel of other details, including some additional information about what you can expect when the system launches. 

One big bullet point to consider when buying a PlayStation 5 is whether you want one of two versions more: the "regular" PlayStation 5 with a disc tray or the Digital Edition, which nixes it completely. 

This setup will be similar to the Xbox One systems that are available right now. You can opt for a version that does not have a disc drive, which will likely end up cutting the cost.

The edition that features a disc drive will include a 4K Blu-ray drive. However, the version without an optical drive is much slimmer than the one that includes it. It's important to consider when you end up placing your preorder that you won't be able to play disc-based older games depending on how the system ends up handling backwards compatible titles.

Unfortunately, we still have no idea about what kind of pricing we're looking at for either system. This information should be on its way to us in the near future, as should dates and preorder information, but we'll have to wait patiently until then. 

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      June 11, 2020 5:05 PM

      If it's only 50 bucks cheaper or something I don't think that worth it. I'd need 100 savings to think about it

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        June 11, 2020 5:09 PM

        I only have about 10 or 15 games, at least 3 or 4 were used, under $20 US to my door and several (MOST) of my other games, purchased new, delivered for less money than fucking downloading them.
        Nope and no - no thanks to most digital.

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          June 11, 2020 5:44 PM

          This. Physical is still cheaper somehow, but I think I still prefer digital. Not hearing the disk whirling is worth it.

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            June 11, 2020 5:45 PM

            Can't you just install the game? Does it still spin the disc?

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            June 11, 2020 5:46 PM

            On PS4, the disc spins to identify it's in there and then spins down 90 seconds later (after initial install)
            The only whirrrrr you're otherwise hearing is their idiot fans.

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              June 11, 2020 5:48 PM

              Yeah I have the 1st gen lawnmower edition of the PS4Pro, so yeah, I know that sound well.

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      June 11, 2020 5:27 PM

      Even though I will be like 90% digital I'll still get a drive if only for the UHD Bluray player.

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        June 11, 2020 5:50 PM

        Same here. Assuming it'll be a quality drive it saves from having to have another piece of gear in the rack.

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      June 11, 2020 6:41 PM

      I'll only get the disc version for the rare times I will use it for Blu-ray in my living room.

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      June 11, 2020 6:45 PM

      That thing looks like EVE from WALL-E

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