Introducing Sony PlayStation 5 Slim: Launch Details and Pricing in South

Sony’s highly anticipated PlayStation 5 Slim gaming console is set to make its debut in South Africa in April 2024, offering gamers an exciting new option for immersive gaming experiences. Here’s what you need to know about the launch, pricing, and key features of the PS5 Slim.

Launch Details and Pricing

The PlayStation 5 Slim is scheduled to hit the South African market in April 2024, with prices starting from R11,999. These details were officially confirmed by Gamefinity, the South African distributor of PlayStation consoles.

  • Digital PS5 Slim: The base model, priced at R11,999, will be available in the first week of April 2024. It retains the same recommended retail price (RRP) as the regular PS5 Digital console.
  • PS5 Slim with Disc Drive: Priced at R13,999, this variant offers the versatility of physical game discs. However, it will only be available for purchase three weeks after the digital console.

Availability and Drive Options

While the launch dates are contingent upon smooth processes at South African port services, both models are expected to be readily accessible to gamers across the country. Notably, the PS5 Slim allows for the addition of a BluRay disc drive via a dedicated slot, providing flexibility for users who prefer physical media.

Differences Between Slim and Original Consoles

The PS5 Slim maintains most of the internal hardware of its predecessors while offering a more compact design. Key differentiators include:

  • Size and Weight: The Slim consoles are 30% smaller and weigh 18% less than the original models.
  • Design: The Slim features a redesigned exterior with four separate side panels, offering customization options with glossy and matte finishes.
  • Color Options: In addition to the standard white panels, Sony offers optional matte black, Volcanic Red, Cobalt Blue, and Sterling Silver panels, allowing users to personalize their consoles.

Notable Features and Considerations

  • Panel Customization: The PS5 Slim’s modular design allows for easy panel replacement, enabling users to experiment with different color combinations.
  • Stand Configuration: Unlike the original console, the PS5 Slim does not include an adjustable stand for vertical or horizontal orientation.

Current Console Pricing

While the PS5 Slim maintains the same RRPs as the original consoles, shoppers may find attractive deals on existing models from various retailers. As of publication, select retailers are offering discounts on both digital and disc drive-equipped PS5 consoles, providing budget-friendly alternatives for gamers.


With its compact design, versatile features, and competitive pricing, the Sony PlayStation 5 Slim promises to deliver an exceptional gaming experience to enthusiasts across South Africa. Stay tuned for further updates on availability and launch events as the release date approaches.