The normally reliable Tom Henderson of Insider Gaming has mused that we could see some kind of new hardware from Sony imminently, sooner even than the rumoured PS5 Pro, if you could believe such a thing.
Henderson alludes to another piece of Sony hardware coming down the pipeline in a recent stream, stating: "There's also another piece of Sony hardware that will be released before the [PS5] Pro I'm likely to talk about very soon. There's more hardware coming from Sony than what has been reported on." He later reiterates this on Twitter:
As usual, take this all with an extra helping of salt until we get official word from Sony. Previously, Insider Gaming reported that a PS5 with a detachable disk drive is also in the works, so if all of this is shown to be real, we could be swimming in PS5 iterations, perhaps peripherals as well. Some kind of PlayStation wearable, perhaps, a stylish watch that integrates with PS Stars? Your guess is as good as ours.
What do you think of Henderson's latest claim? What piece of hardware would you most like to see out of Sony, and why is it the PlayStation Vita 2? Let us know in the comments section below.
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If this isn't Vita II I'm throwing my toys out of the pram.
People thinking this is a new Handheld lmao. Jimbo said clearly that they arent in the Handheld market anymore and they support the Steam Deck. If its anything than a streaming device. Or those earbuds I
Saw rumoured a while ago.
I hope it's a Glove style controller for the PS5. That was THE peripheral for PS1 if you wanted to be real gamer. It also needs to come with a VHS demo tape.
I believe it when I see.
Interesting, they did a headset not that along ago didn’t they. Maybe it’s the wireless ear ones?
Hopefully a vita2, I'd buy a couple day1
I'm all for a new vita but no to propriety storage no sdcard is a deal breaker for me il only get it when the sd card adapter is developed.
With all the portable gaming devices coming out left and right since the Switch, I think now's the best time for Sony to release a PS Vita successor.
@Anke I doubt we’ll see a vita 2. The vita name has been ruined. We may see a PSP 2 tho.
Different colours for the dual sense edge.
I'll take a ps5 with more storage
(NOTHING ELSE NEEDS TO BE SAID PUSHSQUARE)
The lack of Vita disturbs me
VITA MEANS LIFE!!!!!!
PS4 Portable. Called it
A mobile device is extremely unlikely, but the only thing I want. Sony's take on a steam deck seeing that loads of Sony games are being ported to PC (some in a better state than others). A killer app that would set it apart would be to have native ps4 support, though I doubt that would be technically possible. On top of that it would need solid ps5 streaming integrated to sell those premium subscriptions.
Most likely will be a PlayStation licensed cup holder though.
Vita 2 means Life 2
Its the PS5 Slim.
A Dualsense with a battery life longer than the time it takes to microwave a Shepherd's pie?
It’s possible Sony may unveil a PS5 Slim in Summer or Holiday Season.but i would really like Sony make a PS5 hybrid console Nintendo makes it why not Sony.
To be fair I would be happy just for a playstation stars app or stars to be fully integrated in the ui on the ps5, it's crazy that it can only be done through thier PS phone app. I await eagerly to see what transpires.
So long as they call it PSP 3, then I'd buy a Vita 2.
It's too difficult trying to explain to the laymen what "Vita" is.
PSP - does exactly what it says on the tin...
Still want to see what they less fat PS5 will look like.
Probably just a smaller version of the ps5
To be fair, Sony are constantly announcing and releasing new hardware. There's like 20 types of speaker, Walkman, camera, TV, etc. on their website, so gaming is actually a bit different in that regard.
I feel this is going to be the detachable disk drive, as a replacement for both the PS5 disk as well as the PS5 digital. And then they can go back to two different versions when the Pro releases.
Isn't this that rumoured revision where the disk drive isn't included? But you can buy one seperately to attach to the console. Pretty sure you guys reported something like that last year.
It 100% won't be an handheld, they know they won't be able to break into that market and that streaming to mobile is the only way to go for that area.
So this is either the attachable disk drive version or a slim. Or maybe the slim is that version.
I think it's a smaller version of the Discless PS5, going for 350 euros.
As an owner of a Day 1 discless PS5 (was the only 1 I could get a hold of), I am interested to find out if (rumoured) separate disc drive will be compatible with my device as well!
A new dedicated handheld will not work, playstation are already making games for the PS5 and VR2 and don't have the amount of studios to also start making dedicated games for another device. Then there's also third party developers who will not want to create big games for it as we saw with the Vita and even with the switch they aren't going out there way to make exclusive games for it, and instead just porting games from last gen to the console.
Only way would for it to be like the steam deck and for it to just play ps5 games. But even then how would it work without the fast SSD.
PS5 Slim / Lite with external disc drive makes the most sense. It’s time.
My uncle's friend actually works for Sony and told me that it will either be the PS2 Super, Super Slim or a Betamax drive for the PS3.
Playstation Portable 2 here we go! 😃
@NielsNL It's time??? PS5 has been out for just over 2 years and is only starting to be readily available now. Also, slim/lite consoles almost always downgrade the hardware in some way to reduce costs.
Bring able to log into psn via a mobile device... If they can't just sell us a vita 😅🤣🤣
"a stylish watch that integrates with PS Stars"
I didn't know I wanted this until just now.
@IAmAshCohen17 Was thinking about the wireless headset and ear buds they mentioned recently too. I wouldn't mind a pair of ear buds that work with my PS5.
Or, the ability to connect my existing Sony earbuds to my PS5.
It's definitely an oven that calculates how many trophies you have and heats your food accordingly. Not enough trophies? Salmonella for you!!!!!!!
Obviously a Vita 2. There's is no other choice!...I wish.
@UltimateOtaku91 Also a PS Vita 2 would be dead on arrival.
It'll be competing with the already powerful Steam Deck on the Switch which already has market domination. Even the Steam Deck didn't sell much. Just over a million units so far vs the 120+ million of the Switch.
If it's a PS5 with no plates, then it'll be the first ever console that I'll pre-order.
I think it will be PS5 Slim.
PlayStation PC 👀 I only imagined it last week, but development has taken off quick. Like a PS5 in vertical position, but 4 times the size and 10 times the power and price 😁😁😁
And the laptop version, looks just like a PS5 in horizontal position, but opens up in the middle 😁😁😁
No more bad ports, they just play PS games from the PS Store as well as support Steam GoG, etc (who all should be wary of game pass)
Honestly I'd love a portable PS experience though, a PSP (it might actually do better than steam deck, just because it's PlayStation) and I don't think I need any other peripherals, but that may change if something amazing comes along. I honestly don't think I could resist a PSP though, even if I ended up not using it much, it just seems the most tempting item possible to throw money at.
If none of the above (which is obviously the case lol), then wake me up when they announce...
Dual-Thought: Mind Control 😁
Even if a Steam Deck-sized PS4 portable was £999 I would still buy one. Surely Sony, I wouldn't be the only one?
We can only wish. And it gets way more love from Sony!
A new portable would be commercial suicide now. I remember the PSP and Vita with fondness, but in a day when everyone has a phone and can stream PS and Xbox games direct to it, along with Nintendo's domination of the space, such a move would be blatantly stupid. Sony are many things, but they are not stupid.
Maybe a device to make the PSVR2 headset work with PC and in exchange Valve ports Half-Life Alyx to PSVR2?
I still can't get over how big and slightly ugly the current PS5 is, the console is currently put behind the TV I have which annoys me so if they do a slim model that would be sweet and I would buy one in a heartbeat to hopefully put it in my stand lol.
Surely its the PS5 with the detachable disc drive
@__jamiie Yes, it's time. Sony already made changes to the internals twice since November 2020, reduced the size of the heatsink, etc. Taking out the disc drive will further decrease production costs, so it's only a matter of time before they announce a slimmer version.
PS4 Slim also released less than 3 years after the initial launch btw.
Sony’s extra platform is VR now. A new handheld would spread them and our money way too thin. I think VR is a more interesting extra platform TBH.
As someone who has spent the last several years reading about the impending Switch Pro, you lost me at "before PS5 Pro".
Pass on whatever it is until Sony can make my PS5 purchase worth it.
PS Vita 2 please.
@tameshiyaku that's genius. A handheld that only runs ps4 digital titles. Sony would be happy - they sell new hardware & keep golden goose alive (ps4)
Gamers happy - your ps4 games on the go.
3rd parties happy - they get to sell games to new platform that already has a back up user base 100M+
@Phornix the switch only is as successful as it is because it’s been nintendos only product for the past several years
Hope it’s a slim PS5 and i hope the rumor of a slimmer Dual Sense is true. I would love a slimmer controller. I am for sure wanting a less ugly and smaller console. I may even buy the disk drive just to have, even tho i am all digital. It’s nice to have as a back up if someone brings over a disc.
A newer device that plays PS3 era games...?
Probably just a headset 😒
Could well be a handheld (makes sense with the PS3/PSP store closing recently) or even some slim PS5 or special translucent version of the PS5 as PS5 prices have been slashed 10% in the USA and up to 20% in the UK.
All PS5 variants and most of the controllers have had prices slashed by Argos, etc
I love and miss Vita, but Sony never really succeeded in it, bailed out just as Nintendo basically stole the PSP/Vita's core philosophy, and became the #2 if not #1 selling machine of all time, while Microsoft is tripling down on cloud-everywhere. Not a chance Sony ever makes another handheld, sadly, it has no market left that Nintendo didn't take, and cloud didn't obsolete.
What about, now hear me out, PSN-connected Aibo that connects to Horizon games?
@Matroska A Dual Sense Edge with a battery life longer than the time it takes to write a post about the Dual Sense having a battery life longer than the time it takes to microwave a shepards pie!
@NielsNL The PS4 was readily available in stores constantly before the PS4 slim was introduced. The PS5 hasn't been. My opinion is that it would be quite poor customer optics to introduce a new model when people have only just been able to buy the current one.
What is it exactly that you think needs improving with the PS5 at this point?
This comment is suspiciously vague....just how big is that shepherd's pie ??
Maybe a ps5 slim
I don't believe we will see a PS5 pro at all. I think Tom Henderson is a genius, because it must be a PS5 slim. Who would have guessed that? 😊
@__jamiie For end users: it's form factor. The current PS5 requires a lot of space in the living room — not everyone likes that. There are also some issues with the stand and keeping it stable. Removal of the plates could be made easier, so users can easily reach the SSD. Disk spinning is relatively loud still and could use improvement too.
For Sony's perspective, a slim version with external DD could significantly reduce costs. The base copper plate and the amount of metal attached to the cooling system's heat pipe were already reduced in size, so that leaves the opportunity to make the console thinner. Smaller units also means less storage space and reduced packaging costs. I wouldn't be surprised if a Slim version is closer to release than everyone thinks.
@NeutronBomb I guess that would keep cross platform development alive for a long time, which some ps5 owners are annoyed about, but I don't really mind. I'd love having portable flexibility for Sony games.
@NielsNL So do you think that Sony releasing a PS5 Slim so close to the point where the system has only just become available would be a good move? Would it be a good PR move? Don't you think it would p**s a lot of people off?
Regarding the size, I think Sony have already proven that people will buy any home console, regardless of form factor, if it has 'PlayStation' stamped on it. I don't think there are many, if any, gamers who have EVER bought a console based on its footprint.
The plates are very easy to remove by the way.
The dream would be a PS equivalent of Steam Deck, it plays PS4 games natively (albeit digital only) as well as PS5 games through the cloud. That way Sony don't have to make exclusive games for it but will you let play your library on a handheld.
The PS3 slim was released 34 months after the fat original released. So my guess is a slim PS5 this fall. A slim made even slimmer with the disc drive an attachable option. Hopefully all black as standard. The easily swapped out side plates remain for those that want other colors.
I'm interested in a black PS5 Slim with drive.
Praying that it’s handheld
I’d love a new handheld for sure. Just don’t call it vita 2 or it’s doomed lol. Call it PSP2 it’ll fly off the shelves
Some Sony games for the PS5 would be nice .
A haptic body suit, to go with the new VR goggles! 🤣
Probably relates to digital revision and the planned add on disc drive
It's not going to be a Vita 2, jesus christ people
I want a proper PSP2, you cowards!!!
What a buzz kill.
I would prefer not to set completely insane expectations and then get irrationally angry as if I was entitled to that completely insane nonexistent thing like 99.9 percent of the internet.
More flops. Can't they give it a rest and just make different versions of the ps5 or something?
@NielsNL I also think the PS5 redesign/slim/optional disc drive version is very close too - in fact I'm seriously considering holding off until the redesign breaks cover - unless something of note actually releases exclusively on the 5.
Might even come with a standard fit NVME SSD to improve costs and storage size.
Given the shrinkage of the internals from the release PS5 to the 1200 series, there's no need for the current monstrosity.
A straight handheld would be kinda interesting, but given the growth vector and expansion of audience which platforms like to talk about, I fear that it will end up being something I won't care for.
.... like a relatively low-cost, cloud streaming based handheld. Or a streaming dongle. At least it would give more reason for PS Plus Premium to exist I guess. Is this line of thinking so insightful of me? Will I win an award if I got it right?
@__jamiie More than 32 million units were sold already. If Sony can reduce costs, they will do it!
@Jaz007 "A new handheld would spread them and our money way too thin."
That's key - how much would Sony want to spread their investment. Not much, I reckon. So, ideas like PS4 handheld, which already has PS4 content, makes more sense. PSVR2 aligns with their broader speculative investment in metaverse, so that makes sense even for filing patents.
That leaves us with something to do with mobile or streaming. Whatever they're up to would likely have some synergy with their other core investments.
Per the end of this article, it very well could be a new handheld.
PS5 Slim or the PS5 with detachable drive is what I'm betting on.
The only reason I’d want any sort of handheld is if it was an untethered AR/VR device of some sort
But then I’d assume we’d have evidence of that
A couple years ago Sony had a patent for an untethered VR device. Then again, there’s lots of patents that never make reality. (Pun?)
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