Next-gen console rumors: PS5 will be twice as thick as the PS4 Pro; huge Sega scoop could point to a new console or even a Microsoft team-up for a Sega Series X
Next-gen console rumors are starting to come in thick and fast now the hotly anticipated June 4 PlayStation 5 event is heading towards us. The first of these rumors comes from a Russian website called Game Mag, which has apparently been given some secrets about the PS5 from someone involved with the console’s development. While some of the machine-translated details are very vague (“the console stands out with one very unusual detail”) or already perceived common knowledge (“Sony has not yet revealed all the secrets of the console"), there are some interesting comments made about the PS5 design.
According to the “insider” details, the PS5 is not going to be a svelte or slim-line machine. It will be almost twice the thickness of the PlayStation 4 Pro, which itself is not exactly a lithe device. However, considering the components working inside the PS5, it’s likely the box will be quite large to encompass a suitable cooling solution. The design of Sony’s console is nothing like that of the Xbox Series X, and it is described by the same source as a “classic set-top box”; apparently it will be square and symmetrical with rounded edges.
An interview with a Japanese journalist called Zenji Nishikawa has revealed that Sega has some big plans for around its 60th birthday. The company was founded on June 3, 1960, and it appears there is a huge “scoop” about Sega coming for June 4. Unsurprisingly, this has set the rumor mill into overdrive in regard to what Sega is up to, and some have speculated that the Tokyo-based firm might even be preparing to announce a new console. However, it seems more likely the renowned game developer might be in cahoots with another major multinational…like Microsoft.
Although it has been rumored that maybe Sony is interested in snatching up Sega, there is a greater argument that it will be Microsoft uniting with Sega for the next-gen console contest. Xbox console sales in Japan pale into comparison with rivals like Nintendo and Sony, so it might make sense for Microsoft to team up with a local firm like Sega for marketing purposes. It could even pass that the Xbox Series X may be rebranded as the Sega Series X for that particular market to encourage sales and utilize Sega’s local experience. Whatever Sega has waiting up its sleeves to reveal to the world, it’s definitely not a Dreamcast 2.
Reddit & Game Mag (in Russian)
Games Talk (in Japanese) via Gematsu