There’s been plenty of exciting news this week regarding the next-gen consoles from Sony (The PS5) and Microsoft (Project Scarlett).
But one of the biggest reveals of the month has been the leaked images of the PS5 dev kits appearing on Twitter.
The new pictures looked to have been posted by an anonymous developer who has access to a pair.
It confirms the weird V-Shape design seen in earlier patent pictures and confirms that it’s for devs to use.
Fans may have been worried that the strange shapes would be the final design for the next PlayStation console.
And while that may have been a bold move, it probably wouldn’t have been winning any beauty prizes.
There’s also a rather chonky-looking PS5 controller that can be seen in the background, but the picture is mostly centred on the two dev kits.
Some fans have been questioning why Sony would release consoles with these strange V-designs out into the wild.
And as most people would expect, it’s to help game developers get the most out of them.
Offering some guidance on the new PS5 dev kit pictures, The Verge’s Tom Warren revealed more in a comment he left on the post.
“Yes, this is the PlayStation 5 devkit. The reason it’s large and v-shaped is to make them more easily stackable for devs who are running multiple stress tests,” the message from Warren explains.
“The cooling is optimized to push air out of the sides and center.”
Choosing between the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett is going to be a tough choice for gamers looking to upgrade to the next console experience.
Both Microsoft and Sony have their own library of exclusives and there is plenty to look forward to from both companies.
Project xCloud will make it possible to stream your Xbox One games library in 2020 and this will apply to Scarlett as well.
Meanwhile, Sony will be offering more PlayStation VR support, with a new generation of headsets expected to be announced in the future.
Some gamers have been reading reports that the PS5 might be the more powerful of the two. And this might have made it easier for those still sitting on the fence about which way to go.
But in a secondary post, Warren added that Project Scarlett dev kits were still rare and may have given rise to a few misconceptions.
“Hardly anyone has them,” Warren added while talking about the Scarlett dev kits. “And they’re nowhere near final. That’s why you’re hearing a lot of nonsense about them not being powerful etc. Microsoft wants to surprise Sony this time.”
The real factor that will help people design which new console to buy will be based around their own taste in gaming features, but also on price.
Speaking about the price and performance of the next generation of consoles, Xbox’s Phil Spencer pledged that past mistakes would not be repeated at Xbox.
He told Eurogamer: “I will say, from the launch of Xbox One, I’ve definitely learned that being too expensive and not powerful enough is not a great place to be,” said Xbox boss Phil Spencer in an interview with Eurogamer.
“And price and performance are going to be important, and we’re very focused on both of those things.”
Both the Xbox Scarlett and PS5 consoles are expected to launch around the same time during 2020. We currently only know that as Holiday 2020, which could still leave some wiggle room for Microsoft and Sony to work with.