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Two Sony PlayStation 5 development kits show up on eBay with different designs

The DFI-D1000AA is a behemoth of a console with its infamous V-shape. (Image source: eBay)
The DFI-D1000AA is a behemoth of a console with its infamous V-shape. (Image source: eBay)
Two PlayStation 5 development kits have surfaced on eBay. Removed a few hours after they were listed, the pair differ drastically in their designs. It seems that Sony distributed special DualSense controllers to developers, too.

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Two PlayStation 5 development kits have made their way to eBay in Italy. Both listings were only live for a few hours, presumably because Sony asked eBay to remove them. One of the development kits, DFI-D1000AA, has leaked before, but the photos contained within the eBay listing provide a better view of it.

As the photos below show, the DFI-D1000AA has five USB Type-A ports, a USB Type-C, multiple status LEDs and a reset button. The DFI-D1000AA looks bulkier than Sony's final design too, which may well have better cooling than the consumer PlayStation 5. Additionally, the listing shows unreleased DualSense controllers. While Sony sells a Midnight Black controller, it has a two-tone finish, unlike the monochrome design above.

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The DFI-D1000AA. (Image source: eBay)
The DFI-D1000AA. (Image source: eBay)
The DFI-D1000AA. (Image source: eBay)
The DFI-D1000AA. (Image source: eBay)

The DFI-D1000AA reached €2,850 before eBay removed the listing, even though it probably cannot play retail games. Nonetheless, we imagine that it would have enticed collectors had the auction run its course. A second development kit also joined DFI-D1000AA called DFI-T1000AA.

Funnily enough, DFI-T1000AA and the final PlayStation 5 look almost identical, save for the former's TEST label. Presumably, DFI-T1000AA is a newer development kit than DFI-D1000AA. It is unclear when another development kit will land on eBay, but we doubt that Sony will allow anyone actually to purchase one for a while yet.

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The DFI-D1000AA. (Image source: eBay)
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Alex Alderson, 2021-08- 5 (Update: 2021-08- 5)