Updated | PlayStation 5 design patent slips out: An initial look at the PlayStation 4 successor and Xbox Scarlett competitor?

Anyone have any ideas? (Image source: Shirrako Gaming)
Anyone have any ideas? (Image source: Shirrako Gaming)
Patented in Brazil earlier this month by Sony and designed by its Technical Director Yusuhiro Ootori, the designs have all the hallmarks of a games console. What do you think? The PlayStation 5, a Dev Kit or a design that will never see the light of the day?
Update: A Senior Artist at Codemasters confirms what Sony has patented.
Alex Alderson,

Published by LetsGoDigital, the Brazilian patents are for an unknown device, which Sony registered just last week. The Dutch website points out that Sony has designated the device as a Class 14.02 patent, a class that includes data processing and peripheral equipment. Sony also registered the PlayStation 4 under Class 14.02, adding to the speculation that we are looking at an early design of the PlayStation 5.

LetsGoDigital claims that Sony rarely patents designs that it does not intend to release, although we cannot currently verify this statement. While the disc drive, abundance and distribution of ports all point towards a games console, its design looks overly ostentatious compared to the various iterations of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

The numerous grilles and fins look akin to a gaming PC rather than something that would sit in people's living rooms. Hence, could we instead be looking at a dev kit, which are often boxier than the retail counterparts? If not, and this proves to be an early look at the PlayStation 5, then it may prove to be bulkier beast than people may have imagined.


In a since-deleted tweet, a senior artist at Codemasters has claimed that the patent depicts the PlayStation 5 dev kit and that the studio has units at its office. The tweet corresponds with the artist's LinkedIn, who has now deleted his Twitter account. The tweet has been preserved by the Internet Archive though, a screenshot of which we have provided below.

(Image source: @matt_stott_72 via Internet Archive)


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Alex Alderson, 2019-08-20 (Update: 2019-08-23)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.