Sony Interactive Entertainment has filed a new patent for a detachable optical disk drive, which, while not confirmed by any means, adds extra credence to those PS5 redesign rumours floating around late last year.
The patent, known by its catchy technical moniker, US-20230118186-A1_I, is described as "an optical disc drive that can be mounted in electronic equipment such as a game machine, personal computer, or audio-visual (AV) equipment."
While the PS5 itself is not specifically mentioned, this does seem to line up with Insider Gaming's report on the subject, and SegmentNext posits that diagrams of the device are shaped similarly to the disc drive portion of existing PS5 models. Then again, we'd imagine most disc drives to be disc-shaped, wouldn't you?
Are you starting to believe? Would you be interested in a detachable disc drive for your own PS5? Let us know in the comments section below.
[source scribd.com, via segmentnext.com]
frankly i was hoping for a redesign on the ps5s shape
it will be interesting how all this works as ps5 disc drives have a logic board that has to match the mother board to work
They purposely make the system look bad, or less then stellar, then redesign to sell consoles. P'sOS.
I really hope the redesign is smaller. I finally physically saw a ps5 at a friend's house and boy, the thing's a beast. I had known it was big but it was far bigger than i was expecting, no way will it fit in my setup. I hope they shrink it down to about the original ps4 size somehow.
I like the size of my ps5, I leave it by the window and it's scares burglars off
Lol it adds weight I thought this new revision was supposed to be lighter 🤣
Would you be interested in a detachable disc drive for your own PS5?
Seeing as my PS5 has a disc drive already built in.... I would not
No, would not be interested. Revised design will come with 2x USB Type C ports, 1x extra for that detachable disc drive. I would not want to constantly swap between disc drive and ps4 games external SSD.
But that means we will have OG PS5 design in long run Only 1st +-40 millions PS5 with outdated design
100% digital here, and have been for around a decade or more, but am happy it will exist for those that like to buy plastic with half to 1/3rd the data on it. Jokes aside options are good and no sense it taking one away seeing as physical still sells really well.
@LightningF13 “I like the size of my ps5, I leave it by the window and it's scares burglars off“
That literally made me laugh so hard i am not tired now. That was good. Still hate the size, design, and SSD size and fact it needs a stand on the bottom to lay flat. Hope the redesign fixes most if not all of that and I’ll sell and rebuy.
Just design one with a SSD that holds more than 3 games.
I’m wondering whether this disc drive will connect to the original digital models, or whether they will release a new digital model with an extra port. I would expect he former, hope so anyway, I got the disc model, but I’m sure a lot of people were trapped into getting the digital version, with its much much more expensive games, because that’s all they could find available. Would be nice for them to have a solution like this.
I have 12 on mine, and that’s only because I keep certain repeating games downloaded I never play, simply to get some stars points or collectibles. It aggravates me having games on my bar that I’m not playing so I could happily get by with 3 games if needed, but I think you are exaggerating perhaps? Just a tad?
@Green-Bandit I know what you mean. It doesn't bother me much anymore but when I first put it onto the shelf, I was like holy fk 🤣
I burst out laughing when I read that!! 😂.
I'm personally in the camp that the PS5 is hideous and I'd love a slim model that does away with its collar that looks like it was designed for paragliding.
Got mine on launch day and my reaction taking it out of the box was "IT'S F**KING HUGE!!"
"diagrams of the device are shaped similarly to the disc drive portion of existing PS5 models. Then again, we'd imagine most disc drives to be disc-shaped, wouldn't you?"
I'm thinking they mean it matches the shape of the area around the disc slot of the existing PS5.
@GADG3Tx87 🤣🤣 yeah it's a shock to the eyes when you first open it.
Likely to be as successful as the HD Drive was for the Xbox 360.
If I wanted a drive I would have bought the PS5 with a drive. If I didn't want a drive I'd have bought the one without.
As much as I don't like the thought I think that's what they're slowly trying to do. Introduce a model with a detachable disc drive, so digital is it's "out of the box" means of buying games.
Phase out the disc SKU to streamline only needing to manufacture one version.
Hope the disc drive sales don't actually pick up and push people to digital distribution once and for all.
I might be cynical here and insinuating doom and gloom but I wouldn't put it past them if that's what they have in mind. They all want digital to be the main driving force of buying games for maximum profit, and they're still trying to nudge the last stubborn physical buyers left in that direction.
@Liquidspanner To be fair they've given an option for increasing storage and right now you can add 1TB for about £75. As the usable storage is 667GB that's a sizeable upgrade. Had they added this at launch it would have been prohibitively expensive when 1TB was around £250 RRP!
For me its fantastic. There are a few things I want to see changed the SSD not soldered on the mainboard, better access to fixing thing like the internal battery I do keep my older consoles around. If your SSD dies then your PS5 will become useless atleast with the older consoles you could just replace the HDD or put in a SSD.
And a loose component I hope they don't introduce something with a loose drive and a USB cable that looks so cheap. Anyone who wants to lose a option a choice isnt that smart why would you want to have no choice it will always baffle me.
I'm hoping for a shorter and thinner PS5 that can lay on its side with out a wobbly at best stand.
Maybe (just maybe) Sony might do the right thing and bin the custom SSD and put a decent sized stock SSD in instead.
Hypothetically considering a removable disc drive has never existed in a gaming console prior, if the patent goes through would Nintendo/Microsoft be forced not to use it for future consoles or would they need to pay Sony to use it, like what is done with part of Blu-ray?
As goofy as this sounds right now, I can totally see future consoles using a feature like this, and not just PlayStation.
So the digital edition of new PS5 can be eradicated at any time just by buying a drive. It's probably good for propagating physical media if you're into that sort.
Sony won't be getting my money until there's a PS5 slim with a disc drive, so 🤞 this is a sign it's getting closer
It looks like the patent is for dampers within the optical drive’s case to minimise vibrations. So, not purely for a removable optical drive (for which there is prior art)
I am waiting for a PS5 Slim - the original was too bulky and is an eyesore
All digital here, ill cut my disk drive off if anyone wants it 😀
Zero interest myself, still waiting for the rumored PS5 Pro!
I'm hoping for redesign of ps5 so it's more like previous consoles with horizontal design rather vertical one, ps5 takes so much space when put in horizontal mode.
I hate to burst everyone's bubble here but this has already been disproven over here in the states. We have a youtuber that goes by Spawnwave that did a good video on how this patent is to correct an issue with wobbling in the disk drive. If you look at the patent notes at the very bottom it points all of this out. The confusion and why everyone thinks this is the detachable drive is because it is called MOUNTABLE in the patent. The problem is any drive that can be removed from a system is mountable.
@Smiffy01 it's an amusing joke, but your PS5 wouldn't run if you did remove the drive. The mother board checks for the daughter board on the drive and kicks up an error.
@HOWARDSROCK spawnwave is great. But I can't watch him now he has contacts... Just spoilt his look! And all those awful Ali Baba add ons he buys for the ps5.. lol
Have held off buying one. If they make it smaller I would be more inclined to get one. It's just so f**king ugly
Give me a PS5 Pro Slim with removable hard drive & I'm in!
@NomNom in my opinion this is the kind of thing that shouldn't get patents. It's not some crazy technical leap, it's a product specific engineering solution.
Right now it doesn't fit in my setup, so it needs to be approx the size of the original ps4... don't care for the discdrive ... I'm all digital for 10 months now with plus premium....way of the future
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