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PlayStation 5 dev kits are already in the hands of third-party developers, claims rumor

By midian182 · 9 replies
Mar 8, 2018
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  1. Following claims that GTA 6 will release in 2022 and be set in Vice City, another piece of news has arrived that’s also squarely in the ‘rumor’ category. According to industry insider Marcus Sellars, development kits for the PlayStation 5 were sent to third-party developers earlier this year.

    November 2018 will mark five years since the PlayStation 4 launched, and although the PS4 Pro mid-generation refresh hasn’t even reached its second anniversary, talk has turned to the next-generation of Sony’s console: the PlayStation 5.

    Sellars hasn’t cited any sources for his claims, so it’s best to take them with a pinch of salt, but some of his previous statements have turned out to be right. He correctly revealed the date of today’s Nintendo Direct before it was officially announced and leaked the news that Black Ops 4 is this year’s entry in the Call of Duty franchise. It appears he was also right about Diablo 3 coming to the Nintendo Switch.

    If this rumor is true, it doesn’t mean that the PlayStation 5 is arriving this year. These kits usually consist of specialist hardware designed to replicate the specs of the final product, or they could be prototypes. They often look very different from the finished console and are there to help designers with early game development and testing on the platform.

    This could all just be hokum of course, but several analysts have already said they expect to see the PlayStation 5 in either late 2019 or early 2020. And a recently granted Sony patent suggested it was working on backward compatibility for a new system, so the Japanese firm might already be ensuring that PS4 games work on its new console.

    It’ll certainly be interesting to see how powerful the PlayStation 5 is compared to the Pro, and whether it offers more than just incremental improvements, which some expect.

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  2. gigantor21

    gigantor21 TS Maniac Posts: 125   +178

    Marcus Sellars is not a good source for any rumors.
    ikesmasher likes this.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,123   +2,547

    A source for rumors doesn't need to be good, because those are rumors. Everyone is free to speculate.
    CaptainTom and TempleOrion like this.
  4. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 505   +624

    I am sure PS5 is planned and in the works, but I am also sure it's early and won't be built until AMD have 7nm down. Dev kits at this stage are just a PC with a target spec. Calling them devkits in the traditional sense is a major stretch.

    When you get to within a year or 6 months of a console launch you then generally start to get the hardware and software that is close to being finalised and you adjust the parameters of your game to hit the target. You might actually see what I would call a proper devkit then, a box with prototype hardware and the software tools.
    Reehahs likes this.
  5. Mighty Duck

    Mighty Duck TS Addict Posts: 131   +68

    We can? "Microsoft has already built an X-Box One 2 prototype and is in discussions with developers about whether they should include crypto mining in their games instead of microtransactions or Loot boxes". That's my speculation, take it with a grain of salt.
    TempleOrion likes this.
  6. Gmn17

    Gmn17 TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Better get it right and use 7nm process for cpu and gpu so I’m prepared to wait til nov 2020 release date
  7. Nero7

    Nero7 TS Evangelist Posts: 353   +138

    I have a One X and I noticed some interesting behavior. While turned off it continues to download games. Also sometimes while turned off it does stuff. I can hear the drive spinning. Often when I touch it its warm.

    I am so glad that I don't have Kinect. You can bet that thing spied you out.

    Wouldn't be surprised if the One X has a microphone somewhere inside.

    So yeah it could crypto mine while you're off working.
    That Dude There likes this.
  8. Humza

    Humza TS Maniac Posts: 142   +102

    Please don't launch it before 2020 :p I just got my PS4 slim yesterday :^)
  9. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,123   +2,547

    Why do you care? If they release PS5 in 2019, you will get it in 2024, being fast as you are.
    CaptainTom, TempleOrion and Masaad like this.
  10. Humza

    Humza TS Maniac Posts: 142   +102

    cldmstrsn, TempleOrion and Masaad like this.

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