Sony Patent Image Shows Early Look Of PS5

PS5 Design Patent
A patent image of Sony's PS5 development kit. LetsGoDigital

The 2020 holiday season is going to be huge for the gaming community. This will be the season when the next generation consoles are expected to arrive. The only catch, however, is that both Microsoft and Sony have kept the design and name of their consoles under wraps.

Thanks to a patent image discovered by a Dutch blog, fans may finally have an early look at PS5 and its development kit. The image reportedly surfaced in a patent application, which was filed with the World Intellectual Property Office, courtesy of Sony.

PS5 design patent front view
View from the front of the hardware. Photo: LetsGoDigital
PS5 design patent other view
Patent design shows an angular v-shaped form. Photo: LetsGoDigital

Sony’s very own technical director, Yasuhiro Ootori, is credited as the designer. He was particularly involved in the launch of PS4 back in 2013. Given his involvement and expertise, it only makes sense for the tech giant to get him onboard.

Interestingly, a well-known individual in the video game industry has confirmed that this is indeed the development kit for the highly anticipated console. He is none other than Matthew Stott, who is known for being an artist for Codemasters.

PS5 design patent rear view
View from the back of the hardware. Photo: LetsGoDigital
PS5 design patent botton view
View from the bottom of the hardware. Photo: LetsGoDigital

Stott tweeted that his office managed to obtain a development kit matching the patent from Sony. Unfortunately, he deleted the tweet later on and then his entire Twitter account. Reports say that the decision to do so was simply because he violated a non-disclosure agreement with the company. Luckily, a web archive of the tweet can be seen here.

It is worth noting, however, that the development kit for a new console does not necessarily have to be the final look of the product. So, in a sense, Sony might change the look of PS5 once it is officially unveiled. What is important right now is the fact that the new hardware is already in the hands of the developers.

While Sony has yet to reveal the official name of the new console, it has already teased some of its features. For starters, the hardware will include a solid-state hard drive to achieve faster loading times. It will also offer backwards compatibility with PS4 games and ray tracing graphics with 8K resolution.

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