Microsoft's upcoming 1TB version of the Xbox Series S may be followed by a "PS5 Slim" at some point later this year, as well as a "PS5 Pro" in the near future - at least according to recent court documents filed by Microsoft.
In these documents (which are from Microsoft's battle with the FTC), it's mentioned that the PS5 Slim will likely launch for $399.99 at some point in 2023. The Pro is also referenced, but with no specific details.
"PlayStation 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."
"PlayStation currently offers two different versions of the PlayStation 5—one with a Blu-Ray player for physical media (Standard) and one without (Digital)—and is anticipated to release further differentiated Pro and Slim models in the near future."
If you feel like you've heard this before, that's because Insider Gaming's Tom Henderson reported on the existence of two new PS5 models a little while ago, suggesting the first one would be a PS5 with a detachable disc drive that could launch in September 2023, and advising that a more powerful PS5 Pro might be launching in late 2024.
Interestingly, the Carbon Black Xbox Series S is also scheduled to launch in September 2023, so it seems very possible that Microsoft targeted that window due to Sony's plans with the "PS5 Slim". As for the "PS5 Pro", Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently suggested that he didn't feel the Xbox Series X required an upgrade anytime soon, although it remains to be seen whether he'll have changed by his mind by the end of next year...