In August a patent filed by Sony appeared to be a PlayStation 5 development kit and a few days later Codemasters senior artist Matthew Stott took to Twitter to confirm the console is a PlayStation 5. “It’s a dev kit, we have some in the office,” he tweeted. Developers have normally signed all sorts of NDA’s forbidding them to talk about the new consoles so that probably explains why the Tweet was deleted.
A few days later Letsgodigital, the site that originally spotted Sony’s mysterious console patents, mocked up some 3D renders of what the console might look like and it looked pretty sexy, and now we finally have photographic proof of the real thing.
Ta, and indeed, daaaaaah!
YouTuber ZONEofTECH has somehow got his hands on the console and you can watch the video below. We should point out that development kits rarely look like the final product released to consumers but given how many cooling vents there are in this beast the final design will probably feature those.
Earlier this month Sony revealed another handful of details about their highly-anticipated next-gen console, from the console’s name, to the system software and some new technology coming to their next-generation controller. They have also revealed the release window and you have about a year to wait as the console will launch for Christmas 2020.
The PlayStation 5 is going to be called officially called the PlayStation 5. Jim Ryan confirmed this while giving Wired an exclusive look at the console hardware. “It’s nice to be able to say it. Like a giant burden has been lifted from my shoulders,” he claimed. Such a trade secret slipping out would surely have tanked Sony’s next-gen sales.
He and Mark Cerny also doubled down on some of the technical details of the next-gen console. There was confirmation that there is GPU hardware acceleration for ray-tracing, which was ever-so-slightly ambiguous before; the SSD will be super fast, but it’s being used in a more interesting way so that you can install just the parts of the games you want; the PS5 will support 100GB Blu-ray discs, making that selective installing a damn good feature to have. It was also confirmed that the drive will double up as a 4K blu-ray player.