Gizmodo have been talking to a mysterious source who claims to know a few things about the PlayStation 5. Th tipster is said to be working on a game for both PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett and has backed up his claims with a picture of of the PS5 dev kit, which was leaked earlier this year.
“The timing is crucial here because, conceivably, some jackass could have found the design illustrations of the PS5, and by some sorcery (3D printing, Photoshop) created a model to trick us,” say Gizmodo, “Our photo predates the circulation of the registration images.”
The PlayStation 5 development kit is said to be code-named Prospero, and if you know your classic literature you will recognise that as the name of the sorcerer from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Here is where it gets interesting; In the play Prospero is helped by a spirit called Ariel and an honest and trusted adviser to King Alonso called Gonzalo. Earlier this year data miners discovered references to Ariel and Gonzalo in AMD databases and it is thought that these are new custom chips for consoles, so Ariel and Gonzalo (AMD) would really be supporting Prospero (PS5).
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The tipster claims that both PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett are the “greatest compute jump in any console,” and that both will come with a camera to support those who are into streaming games. Microsoft are said to be making the camera a priority and then one on dev kits is already 4K “with just a two-frame latency between what is recorded and what appears on a stream.” The PS5 camera is of lower quality but that may just be for the dev kit.
Last month Japanese journalist Zenji Nishikawa posted a video on YouTube in which he stated that Sony will be releasing a PlayStation 5 Pro model alongside the regular base model come launch day, which is expected to be near the end of 2020. He explained that this is because players are interested in having the high end model straight away and Sony would like to please the fans.
Letsgodigital, the site that originally spotted Sony’s mysterious console patents that turned out to be PlayStation 5 development kits have mocked up some 3D renders of what the console might look like, and it’s pretty darn sexy.
We are expecting both consoles to be revealed sometime in the Spring of next year with a release around Christmas 2020.