Remembering Previous PlayStation Dev Kits

The PS5’s V-shaped dev kit has been pictured out in the wild with recently reportedly with a first look at the DualShock 5 controller, too.  There is no suggestion the PS5 dev kit will look like the final design of the PS5 console that will go to retail towards the end of 2020.  Though the dev kits do occasionally reflect the final launch products, they are often significantly different from the consoles that end up on store shelves.  We’ve put together 5 PS5 concept designs, but the real final design will unlikely leak any time soon.

Some love the idea of the PS5 adopting this unique shape, while others dread the thought of making space under their TVs for it.  We’ve put together images of all previous PlayStation development kits to show the difference between the systems being used by developers and those that consumers ended up with.

PlayStation 4 Dev Kit

Remembering Previous PlayStation Dev Kits

If the PS4 dev kit is anything to go by the PS5 dev kit will be significantly different from the PS5 launch design.  The PS4 dev kit resembled an original Xbox on steroids, lacking the carefully crafted design of the console that would ultimately launch.

PlayStation 3 Dev Kit

Remembering Previous PlayStation Dev Kits

The PS3 dev kit would make an ugly VCR, let alone a console.  Fortunately, Sony’s bland design didn’t make it anywhere near the final PS3 console design, as their third console launched with an iconic curved case that stood out from every console that had come before it.

PlayStation 2 Dev Kit

Remembering Previous PlayStation Dev Kits

The PS2 dev kit is one of the few times that a dev kit has so closely resembled the final console that has gone to market.  Given that fitting a powerful PC into a PlayStation 2 case would have been impossible at the time (powerful gaming PCs can easily fit into shoeboxes now), upscaling what would ultimately be the PS2 design gave plenty of room for the initial hardware to fit inside.

PSX/Original PlayStation Dev Kit

Remembering Previous PlayStation Dev Kits

For the original PlayStation, Sony used a system that plugged into a standard PC instead of using their own development hardware.  The idea was that PC developers could use their experience of building games to create titles for their debut console.  This streamlined the process compared to their competitors, though the design didn’t have any salivating, even at the time.

And, for those who have missed it…

PlayStation 5 Dev Kit

There’s the V.  As a PC gamer, I can’t help but respect the careful attention that has been paid to getting cool air through the PS5 dev kit.  It has been noted that the PS5 dev kits are also designed to be stackable – this being the case, the airflow would be unaffected.

If the PS5 design was to resemble the dev kit, we can expect it to be a streamlined version with a lower profile.  While the dev kit may look stark and ugly in its two-tone colour, dropping this for all black, smaller design could make it an attractive piece of hardware.  Sony has experience of creating gorgeous consoles that look at home beneath the TVs of millions, and the PS5 will be no exception.

Would you be happy with the PS5 resembling the PS5 dev kit?

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