PlayStation 5 devkits and DualShock 5 photo leaks ahead of 2020 reveal

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Jan 6, 2020 2:22 PM

UPDATE: Further fanning the flames of next-gen hype, a Ubisoft employee has posted new images of the PlayStation 5 prototype alongside our best look at the PS5's controller, the DualShock 5. 

It seems a stupidly effective way to lose your job at Ubisoft for a couple of minutes of internet fame, with a strong emphasis on 'stupidly'. Whatever though, Patrick someone or other has snapped a trio of pics while cleaning a prototype before promptly uploading them to Facebook and sharing them under his actual name. Great stuff.

By now many of you are probably already familiar with the V-shaped PS5 devkit. If you had any doubts about its veracity these can probably be laid firmly to bed now. It likely bears no resemblance whatsoever to how the final PlayStation 5 will look, which is certainly for the best.

There's not much to read into the dev console itself, to be honest, and it's the controller which is probably of more interest right now. Design-wise it looks very similar to the current DualShock 4, albeit with a few key changes such as thicker hand-grips and more pronounced face buttons. For the most part, though, the controller looks pretty much interchangeable with the DS4, including bringing back the under-used touch pad in the centre.

Original Story: 01-Dec-2019 - PlayStation 5 devkits and DualShock 5 photo leaks ahead of 2020 reveal

We’ve had plenty of renders and dodgy leaks regarding the PlayStation 5 development kit’s design but it now appears, with a year to go until launch, the final hardware is in plenty of developers’ hands.

Yet another leaked image has emerged this weekend, matching up almost exactly with the the ‘Letsgo Digital’ renders which were revealed earlier in the year. The PS5 devkit sports a very unique inverted V-shape design with more vents than the Nostromo, presumably packing plenty of cooling for the next-gen hardware provided by AMD.

Based on other console devkits, and indeed, the utilitarian PS4 devkit, the end product probably won’t end up looking anything like this. The V-shape is a tough sell for the mass market; it’s very in-your-face and not exactly the typical unassuming, svelte box most want tucked in their home entertainment system.

What’s certainly interesting though is the picture also includes our first look at the PlayStation 5 controller, also known as the DualShock 5. Based on the picture and patents from last month, Sony is taking an if ain’t broke approach with its next-gen controller design. Functionally, the DS5 looks almost identical to the DS4, sans the battery-draining lightbar. This is almost certainly for the best, the light bar added very little to the DualShock 4 and we know from using the controller on PC and disabling the lightbar that it’s a big contributor to the DS4’s relatively short battery life.

Aside from this though, the DualShock 5 looks very, very similar to the DualShock 4. Sony isn’t going to want to break backward compatibility so the large touchpad remains intact. I still feel this feature is vastly under-utilised, particularly in terms of adding extra controller functions such as swipe up for inventory, swipe down for quick save, etc. The one other external change is the switch to USB-C for charging, a modern, universal standard.

It’s the internals where we’re set to get the key differences though, with lead architect Mark Cerny confirming advanced haptic feedback, resistive triggers which can provide tension, and the possibility of an internal microphone for voice commands.

Based on what know of the DualShock 5, Sony is at least tackling our biggest bugbear with the DS4. It’s a great controller, no doubt about that, but the battery life does absolutely let it down. Losing the light bar is going to help considerably here, although it remains to be seen just how draining the battery feedback is.

Things look as if they’re progressing rapidly behind the scenes for Sony then, while the same perhaps can’t be said for Microsoft’s Project Scarlett. According to The Verge editor Tom Warren, barely any developers have been able to get their hands on Scarlett devkits at this point. They’re also “nowhere near final”. Whether this means Microsoft wants to surprise Sony with its next-gen hardware remains to be seen, but taking a little extra time could potentially signify higher-end hardware.

The pieces are beginning to slot into play for the next-gen consoles then. It’s advantage Sony right now, although we expect both consoles will be kitted out with some top spec AMD CPU and GPU hardware.

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19:35 Jan-08-2020

he said please do not share this
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poor man

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09:15 Jan-07-2020

The console won't look like this thats for sure

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11:16 Jan-07-2020

Googling ps4 dev kit yeah not even close to the released machine(looks like a VHS).

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19:18 Jan-06-2020

It's ugly as sin.... This better be fake.

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15:09 Jan-07-2020

I honestly like it.

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19:28 Jan-07-2020

Bruh.

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22:04 Jan-07-2020

You can tell I'm old by not giving a damn how my hardware looks.

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18:44 Jan-06-2020

fake

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09:14 Jan-07-2020

It's real but it's not a consumer version is all

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18:17 Jan-06-2020

To lose your job over such an ugly console.

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15:03 Jan-07-2020

Can you even call that a job? Cleaning prototypes? Cleaning lady for electrical equipments. Nice.

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15:11 Jan-07-2020

Wonder how much they pay?

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23:19 Jan-07-2020

I can't imagine more than minimum wage.

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21:44 Jan-08-2020

You're probably right.

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15:22 Jan-09-2020

Maybe they get a launch day console.

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09:26 Jan-10-2020

And sell it right after to be able to buy food.

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17:09 Jan-06-2020

I hope he didnt lose his job because of this... but that is highly unlikey :(

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16:54 Jan-06-2020

It looks like something straight from the 90s in my opinion. I guess consoles getting bigger is a god damn long overdue amazing move for the entire gaming industry, but the xbox series X (sigh..) definitely has a more classy modern look to it. I know this is a devkit, but I assume the final product will at least share the V (5) design as I doubt they came up with that just for the few studios who will see it.

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15:42 Jan-06-2020

My first cleaning of...and last one, mate. Good job.

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10:49 Jan-07-2020

What an amazing "leak" the new ps5 controller looks exactly like the ps4 one people need to see this :O

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14:44 Jan-06-2020

  1. Put stuff on Internet.

  2. "Please do not share this"

  3. ???

  4. Of all things that didn't happen, this didn't happen the most.

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15:10 Jan-06-2020

The so called "leaks" are the new press releases.

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18:17 Jan-06-2020

I mean, there's no need to write an article yourself, get an interview or whatever. Leak it and the internet will take care of it for you :)

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15:12 Jan-07-2020

Pretty much.

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14:27 Jan-06-2020

That thing looks like a goddamn toaster.

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15:07 Jan-06-2020

I can see someone putting a piece of pizza right on top of it

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15:10 Jan-06-2020

Or a cup of tea to be warmed up by the hot air.

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07:12 Jan-07-2020

Now that I can get behind!

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15:13 Jan-07-2020

Introducing the PS5 with integrated Tea heater.

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16:56 Jan-06-2020

That's ****ing brilliant. $ony can market this as a Pizza-slice warmer if the whole console thing doesn't work out!

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13:58 Jan-06-2020

this "leaker" cant take a picture if his life depended on it...

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01:47 Jan-08-2020

That's why he's scrubbing PlayStations... and toilets.

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14:15 Dec-03-2019

Crapstation V :)

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07:13 Jan-07-2020

Oh, i get it. It's meant to be a V. Now it all makes sense...

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22:05 Dec-02-2019

V = 5. Honestly i wouldnt be shocked if this is the console we get in a years time for the look.

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18:18 Jan-06-2020

Imagine how the PS8 will look like if it would take the shape of the 8 lmao

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18:29 Dec-02-2019

Chunky boy... I wonder what the hardware and thermals are like in there. That V shape is definitely meant to keep the box cool (not to be confused with "cool-looking").

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03:49 Dec-02-2019

Hey, you guys wanted something else instead of a plastic box... there you go.

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00:14 Dec-02-2019

Am I the only one here finding this Devkit cool looking? :D

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18:19 Jan-06-2020

It does look better than the first PS3 dev kit, that was a huge box (almost like the xbox one design was based off the first ps3 devkit :thinking emoji:)

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18:31 Dec-01-2019

wow that looks ugly.

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18:19 Dec-02-2019

I don't know what happened to the design team, but it's something bad.
If I'd buy a PS5, I'd either hide it or transfer the internals to a small PC case and somehow fit that all in.

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14:51 Jan-06-2020

You do realise that it's only a dev kit, right? The final design that will be available to us will 100% not look like this. It was the same for the ps4 and ps3 dev kits that ended up looking nothing like the final product .

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18:20 Jan-06-2020

Yeah, that's true, although the 2nd devkit from the ps3 actually looked like the first ps3, so who knows.

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16:41 Dec-01-2019

What's with a toilet seat console?!

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Roman Numeral 5?

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Never thought of that. Good head on ya.

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16:19 Dec-01-2019

It's ugly, even for a devkit.

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14:13 Dec-01-2019

its a dev kit no way is sony going to ship a toilet seat :D

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It is so versatile is it not? You can even use it as a toilet seat. It should be warm too. Massive selling point. Can already see those "Can your PC do this" comments everywhere.

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Lay the pc on its side, open the side panel and boom, got yourself a toilet XD

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