It looks like the PlayStation 5 Slim will be arriving fairly soon, according to a document from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) v. Microsoft case. In the document, Microsoft claimed that Sony’s PS5 Slim release date is set for sometime later this year. Sony’s Project Q handheld device is also expected to launch in 2023.
Here are the full statements taken from the document:
PlayStation likewise sells a less expensive Digital Edition for $399.99, and is expected to release a PlayStation 5 Slim later this year at the same reduced price point.
Sony is also anticipated to release a handheld version of PlayStation 5 later this year for under $300.
These two lines alone give us quite a bit of new information. For one, it finally confirms the existence of the PlayStation 5 Slim while also providing a release window and a price point. The console will be available this year priced at $399, the same retail price as the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. Secondly, we now know how much the Project Q console will cost, or at least, how much it won’t. The handheld device will retail at less than $300, making it cheaper than a PS5, though you’d need a PS5 anyway to run games with Project Q. Project Q is also expected to launch later this year, according to the document, which reinforces an earlier rumor of the device releasing in November 2023.
While many people had expected the PS5 Slim to launch at some point, given Sony’s history of making slim versions of past generation consoles, we finally have confirmation of its existence via the document.
Source: FTC v. Microsoft Document