Sony patent hints at unusual PlayStation 5 design

midian182

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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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Vulcanproject

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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.
 
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gamerk2

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

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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.
 
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Gypsygib

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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.
 

kira setsu

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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.
 
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retsxel

Ladies and gentlemen, the Sony toilet/overhead projector.
As usual, Apple leads the industry in design with Sony only catching up 2 decades later:



The iBook toilet seat.
Love the toilet comparison reference. Made that one myself the first time I saw one of those.. And laughed hysterically at it!
 
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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.
 

Kashim

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If it's anything at all it's surely a dev kit with all those front facing USB ports
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.