- Jul 18, 2003
Sony filed a patent in June describing what appeared to be a game cartridge design for an unannounced PlayStation-branded handheld device. Now, there’s speculation that this patent actually describes a custom external SSD for the PlayStation 5 console arriving at the end of 2020.
Since Sony is in the lead for this round of consoles, it makes sense for them to shoot themselves in the foot and go for a proprietary SSD solution (a.k.a. see PS Vita memory card prices and weap).
Here's what I think will happen. Sony will release the PS5 with a 500GB or less SSD internally soldered onto the board at a $399 price point. The only user upgrades will be though these cartridges and they'll cost 2-3x what a normal SSD goes for. Sony will hope the cheap price gets people to lap up the new hardware and they'll make the difference up on these cartridges. What do you think of my theory?