A couple more pictures of the PlayStation 5 development kits has leaked, this time snapped by a cleaner at a company that begins with the letter U. I’m guessing it’s the offices of game engine Unity or possibly Ubisoft, they definitely have PlayStation 5 kits.
The new pictures do not reveal anything spectacular but we do get a better look at the Dualshock 5 which has a squarer, flatter touch pad. The pictures were uploaded in a collage along with the a note that read:
Not sure it’s the right place But… My first cleaning of prototype 1 of the PS5 :) Yes my job is a cleaner occasionally at U…….. please do not share this.
I don’t think the person with the lovely yellow duster knows how the internet works, posting something on Reddit and then asking people not to share it is somewhat oxymoronic. Here’s a better look at the front of the console which has a screen embedded, I doubt that will feature in the final production model.
Finally, here’s a look at the chunky new Dualshock.
Unfortunately we do get a look at the underside of the controller. A couple of weeks ago Sony announced a new attachment for the DualShock 4 controller which adds back buttons to the pad, something that Microsoft has ventured into with its Elite series of controllers as well as third party suppliers like Nacon and Thrustmaster. This move so late in the life cycle of the PS4 sparked some thought that Sony was hinting at what players could expect from the DualShock 5 when the PS5 launches late 2020, with possible inbuilt back buttons. According to a patent filing, it appears that is exactly what Sony is going for.
Going by the picture it looks like the back triggers would be directly behind the analog stick, which would be a good placement as they’d be easy to reach. However, we don’t know if these will make it to the final design of the DualShock 5. Not everything that is patented makes it to the shelf for consumers to purchase. However, with the release of the back button attachment for PS4 the PS5 back buttons do seem a lot more likely and an obvious next step for Sony’s controller.