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Sony patent hints at unusual PlayStation 5 design

By midian182 · 19 replies
Aug 21, 2019
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  1. The patent was another discovered by Dutch tech site LetsGoDigital. The “Sony electronic device” was registered on August 13 after Sony applied for the patent in May this year, and while the listing doesn’t specify, the device is likely a PlayStation 5 development kit.

    As we know from console history, development kits can sometimes look very different from the final consumer products. But while they’re often a lot chunkier, dev kits tend to include design elements that make it into the final versions.

    The most striking part of this machine is the V-shaped ventilation cutout in the center. It could be a reference to the roman numeral V, or five, which obviously aligns with this being the PlayStation 5.

    Elsewhere, the patent shows quite a few USB ports for controllers, and what are presumably a power button and eject button for the disc drive.

    Sony has revealed that its next PlayStation will see a significant performance jump compared to its current PS4 offerings. The next-gen machine will feature an eight-core AMD processor based on third-gen Ryzen, a solid-state drive, and custom Radeon Navi graphics. All that power could explain the large number of vents on the patent.

    There’s no guarantee the PlayStation 5 will look anything like this listing, of course, but the timing is suspect. We’ll find out for certain when the console finally arrives, which will almost certainly be late next year.

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  2. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 776   +1,134

    If it's anything at all it's surely a dev kit with all those front facing USB ports and the size of it- just look at the (presumably 5 inch) disc drive slot for scale. By eye it's about 15 inches x 15 x 6 high.

    It's a massive bulky machine for a console, the size of a small PC.
    Raytrace3D likes this.
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,823   +2,667

    Ladies and gentlemen, the Sony toilet/overhead projector.
    JaredTheDragon and TomSEA like this.
  4. gamerk2

    gamerk2 TS Maniac Posts: 287   +177

    Maybe because consoles are just small PCs at this point?
    Karlos95 likes this.
  5. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 585   +473

    Wow that is hideous, it looks like a rejected Atari Jaguar concept, and what's with all the oversized venting is this thing going to run ridiculously hot whilst sounding like a turbine.
    JaredTheDragon likes this.
  6. MasterMace

    MasterMace TS Booster Posts: 91   +55

    Sony is looking to answer 'Yes' to the question 'but can I stick my **** in it?'
  7. Gypsygib

    Gypsygib TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +27

    Probably just needs a lot of cooling for those navi chips. I think dev kits are like $50,000, you wouldn't want those breaking after only a couple of years while AMD does whatever it needs to do to make it console ready.
  8. McMurdeR

    McMurdeR TS Addict Posts: 156   +121

    That's hideous
    Polycount, mcborge and JaredTheDragon like this.
  9. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 634   +408

    Imagine filing patents for something so high-profile without actual photo-renderings at all. How quaint.
    Polycount and mcborge like this.
  10. ManuelV

    ManuelV TS Addict Posts: 135   +66

    That has to go on diesel.
    tardis and mcborge like this.
  11. j05hh

    j05hh TS Addict Posts: 187   +57

    Place to hold my coffee
    Timur K and mcborge like this.
  12. kira setsu

    kira setsu TS Addict Posts: 161   +133

    The original PS1 was perfect, why cant sony just make another symmetrical console and call it a day?

    the ps4 is such an ugly machine, especially the pro with its terrible slant and stupid layered design.
  13. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,571   +2,053

    you will not see photo renderings in patents, just simple illustrations.
  14. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 834   +730

    As usual, Apple leads the industry in design with Sony only catching up 2 decades later:


    The iBook toilet seat.
    Raytrace3D, lexster and Dyson Parkes like this.
  15. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 611   +299

    Love the toilet comparison reference. Made that one myself the first time I saw one of those.. And laughed hysterically at it!
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2019
  16. Chessman

    Chessman TS Rookie

    Absolutely not. If it’s anything it’s a projector or some other totally unrelated device.

    What a stupid speculation piece. Don’t repost this dreck, you guys are better than this.
  17. Ggomadesuwing

    Ggomadesuwing TS Rookie

    Does it come with Lion-O and Mumm-ra action figures? This has the worst elements of 1980s Mattel toy design going on.
    psycros likes this.
  18. Kashim

    Kashim TS Addict Posts: 154   +145

    Companies don't patent dev kit designs. It would make no sense, because it really doesn't matter what a dev kit looks like. People only care about and only get to see the final product on store shelves.
  19. Timur K

    Timur K TS Rookie

    And to keep it warm!
  20. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 611   +299

    For the record, the following is FAR more likely;
    Image thanks to TechPowerUp.
    pencea likes this.

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