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Fingers crossed that it's a devkit: Concept renders for latest PlayStation 5 design patent reveal unseemly console

The PS5 will utilize a custom SSD. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
The PS5 will utilize a custom SSD. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
The recent discovery of patent drawings for a potential PlayStation 5 console, or at least a devkit of the next-gen device, created considerable excitement in the gaming community as many fans are eager to see what Sony will come up with for the PS5. However, new concept renders based on the patent show a rather clunky-looking and somewhat unappealing device.

The creative experts at LetsGoDigital have once again outdone themselves by publishing fascinating concept renders of a device based on patent drawings. We recently reported on the Brazilian design patents concerning an unknown electronic device that had been registered by Sony, with many coming to the conclusion that we were finally getting a proper look at the upcoming PlayStation 5.

However, some opined that the patent actually pertained to a PS5 devkit, which was seemingly confirmed by Matthew Stott of Codemasters. It’s very likely that third-party game developers will have their hands on PS5 devkits by now, so based on Stott’s deleted tweet it is reasonable to conclude that the device shown in the patent is not the final end product.

After having a good look at the renders provided by LetsGoDigital, there will be many certainly hoping that this is a PlayStation 5 devkit. Although the render creators have tried their best to make the device look futuristic and aesthetically pleasing, there’s no getting past the overall chunky and ungainly look of the thing. Fortunately, PlayStation devkits are very different looking from their retail counterparts (see PS4 devkit and console comparison picture below), so if you hate this design there’s no reason to despair.

Another thing worth pointing out, which is made even more apparent with the presumed PS5 devkit renders, is that the console may end up being named as the PlayStation V or PSV for short. If Sony does implement the clearly visible V-shaped design motif then it could be possible that the naming convention will move from Western Arabic numerals to Roman numerals.

The PlayStation 5 may be officially revealed in February 2020, with a retail launch expected in around November 2020. The next-gen console could cost in the region of US$500-600 but will likely eventually fall in line with the pricing structure for the Xbox Two competitor from Microsoft.

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PS5 concept render. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
PS5 concept render. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
PS5 concept render. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
PS5 concept render. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
PS5 concept render. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
PS5 concept render. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
PS5 concept render. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
PS5 concept render. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
PS5 concept render. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
PS5 concept render. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
PS5 concept render. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
PS5 concept render. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)
PS4 devkit and final product. (Image source: Fraghero/iFixit/edited)
PS4 devkit and final product. (Image source: Fraghero/iFixit/edited)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-08-24 (Update: 2019-08-24)