Published on December 6th, 2023 | by Andrew Bistak

New PlayStation Hardware Launching This Week

Today, Wednesday, 6 December, marks the launch of three new pieces of hardware for PlayStation Australia. This includes the new PlayStation®5 console (model group – slim),  the PULSE Explore™ wireless earbuds and the Access™ controller.

PlayStation®5 console (model group – slim)

The PlayStation 5 console (model group – slim) has been reduced in volume by more than 30%, and weight by 18% and 24% compared to the previous disc and digital models, respectively. There are four separate cover panels, with the top portion in a glossy look, while the bottom remains matte. If you purchase the PS5 Digital Edition, you can add the Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Drive for PS5 later. It will be sold separately for $159.95 AUD.

The recommended retail price at participating retailers for the new PS5 model at release is as follows:

PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive – $799.95 AUD

PS5 Digital Edition – $679.95 AUD

A new Vertical Stand compatible with all PS5 models will be sold separately at $49.95 AUD

Check out the new look for the PS5 console HERE

For more information on the new PS5 form factor, head to the PlayStation Blog.

Access™ Controller

The Access controller has been designed in collaboration with accessibility organisations and experts to create a versatile controller kit that enables gamers with disabilities to play more comfortably and for longer periods, empowering more players to share in the joy of gaming.

The device lets you customise your layout with different button and stick caps in various shapes and designs, operate the controller from any 360° orientation, and connect third-party accessibility accessories using its four industry-standard 3.5mm expansion ports.

On your PS5 console, there are many settings for the Access controller that you can configure to meet your needs. You can map buttons to create up to 30 control profiles, adjust stick settings, toggle commands on/off, or disable buttons altogether to stop accidental pressing. You can even pair up to two Access controllers and one DualSense wireless controller together and use them collaboratively.

The recommended retail price at participating retailers for the Access controller at release is as follows:

Access controller – $139.95 AUD

Check out the new look for the Access controller HERE

For more information on the Access controller, head to the PlayStation Blog

PULSE™ Explore Wireless Earbuds

PULSE Explore is PlayStation’s first set of wireless earbuds, bringing next level audio performance to the gaming experience. Enjoy extraordinary lifelike sound in your favourite games with planar magnetic drivers, and hear every detail with a lossless, lightning-fast PlayStation Link™ wireless connection.

The PULSE Explore wireless earbuds provide a premium portable audio experience with dual microphones and AI-enhanced noise rejection capable of filtering background sounds.

PULSE Explore wireless earbuds – $329.95 AUD

For more information on the new Pulse Explore wireless earbuds, head to the PlayStation Blog.

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When he's not trying to save the world, Andrew enjoys travel (although loathes turbulence), going to the movies, reading and being a dad to his two dogs (and now twins) with his wife.

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