PS5 Dev Kit Patent Shows/Confirms “V” Shaped Design

PS5 Dev Kit

For the greater part of a year, photos of  V Shaped PS5 units have floated around the internet. The design gained popular as “leaked” photos of Development kits made it to the web last year. It seems that now we can for the most part safely assume that unit will look something like the concept units pictured above, as a development kit patent has been discovered.

Sony has been awfully secretive in revealing details of their upcoming console especially in contrast to Microsoft, who has been very forthcoming with their Series X. However, the patent seems to shed much light into what Sony’s PS5 unit will look like.

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PS5 Cooling System Patent Diagram

The Patent details the PS5’s novel cooling system, which appears to be composed of six fans, three on each V side. While Sony cancelled this week’s PS5 event, this reveal might have finally confirmed the look of the final design ( or an approximate look) of the unit.

The “V” stands for five. Considering the size of the cooling unit in contrast to the PS4’s it is likely that the system won’t suffer as much from overheating. One has to wonder however, if six fans running at once might be noisy. Some have complained about the PS4’s fan noise, (some people are nitpicky like that) so it will be interesting to see how this technical issue plays itself out.

The PS5 has a 8 AMD Zen 2 CPU cores clocked at 3.5 GHz, and a 10.28 teraflops, 36 CUs clocked at 2.23 GHz. It is a big jump in power from the PS4 Pro in terms of specs. Because we haven’t seen any games running on the system yet it is hard to appreciate how it will fare in comparison to the Series X’s beefier specs.

It might not make much of a difference in the end, the PS4 Pro is vastly out powered by the Xbox One X and Sony’s first party developers have been able to craft the best looking games of the generation so far.

While Microsoft has been keen in marketing and touting their advantage in GPU power, Sony has instead focused in hyping up the importance of their faster SSD, and its sleek new controller the “Dual Sense”.

ps5 controller
Sony is banking on having the most advanced controller of the next generation systems as a selling point for the PS5.

The controller will feature Haptic feedback and Adaptive L2 and R2 triggers. The unit renames its ‘Share’ button with ‘Create’ as its new slogan. After all, in this era of streaming and online content creation the word ‘Share’ no longer suffices.

The controller does feature an integrated microphone, which eliminates the use of a headset for those of us who just want to communicate with our online gaming buddies without incurring any extra charges, or hassles involved in the acquisition and use of a headset.

It will be interesting to see if the unearthing of the cooling patent forces Sony’s hand to reveal the final design of the console in their first PS5 summer online event, which as of yet, has not received another calendar date after the original postponement.



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By Samuel Rivera

An avid video game player and book reader, Samuel has been playing video games for the last 31 years. He has played nearly every PS1 JRPG known to man, and loves Ocarina of Time more than any other game.