There’s no question that the consumer version of the PlayStation 5 is a monster – a chunk of our pre-release chatter here at Push Square Towers focused on whether it would fit into our respective entertainment centres. Spare a thought for the studios around the world having to house multiple development kits, then – this thing is a monster.
You may recall, before the next-gen console was even announced, there were rumours regarding the development kit – and diagrams of it eventually leaked online. But now the system’s no longer a secret, you may be curious what it actually looks like in the flesh. Well, it’s an absolute juggernaut for starters, and nothing like the retail unit.
At the time, the V-shaped fan system on top of the system was a big point of conversation – many felt that the consumer console would adopt the same style of design. Of course, it’s worth remembering that development kits tend to have more horsepower than the final product, as they need to conduct additional tasks.
It’s also rare for development kits to resemble the final products, although the PS2 was an exception on that front. What do you think of the PS5’s development kit? Do you like the way it looks? Do you wish Sony would have adapted this design for the final retail version? Try not to overheat in the comments section below.
[source twitter.com, via reddit.com]
Could someone heat up my pizza slice on the dev kit? That would be very nice.
I still like the look of the development kit. The retail PS5 is vastly superior in design but this is so ridiculous looking lol.
It that big so it doesn't overheat, thats all. No point making it a looker or fit for retail.
Looks like a Steam Machine honestly
Getting real Alienware Alpha vibes from it
Big Mountain Dew energy coming from it.
I mean, I don't like either the devkit or the final design, but I feel the final design is at least an improvement. I definitely would not want this design.
Oh god it's real!? Thank goodness that wasn't the retail product, it looks like the head of a vacuum!
I actually really like the dev kit design, would love one sat beneath my TV.
Love it. Sony should release a PS5 limited edition resembling the dev kit.
@Milt You know, KFC has that console.....
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I like it, very 1970's post-apocalypse vibe. Max Headroom could have lived in it.
Lol, in the thumbnail for the article where it was really small, I thought the tape measure was a field or the grounds of a building and the devkit was the building!
Edit: just to add, I really love the look of the dev kit - I wish the console looked similar!
We used to call the PS3 dev kit DECR-1000A “The Monolith” as it was a big black slab of electronics. It was heavy too. Basically a server rack.
It's really like star trek ship
@Hyperluminal yep the only reason it's so big is because they save having to mess around with putting loads of time in to making sure thermals etc are ok along with using "thrown together" parts to simulate expected end performance.
Slap it in a big ugly case with plenty of fans and extra expansion ports. job done.
Worth keeping in mind the Dev kits go out atleast a year before the consumer design is finalised.
@ralphdibny Cannot unsee
PS5 but it's built like an Original Xbox.
Nothing beats the PS2 concept design with lcd screen.
Good thing that this wasn’t the final design it looks horrible
I still don't get why people actually thought that this would be the final design.
I'd love to see a tear-down...
Does it really have PS5 hardware or is it just a similar spec PC box?
I thought the PS5 not that practical in design and not that beautiful of a console! The dev kit is definitely hideous!
Am I the only one that's just noticed it's a giant Roman numeral!?
@jimmagee Brooooooo! I didn't until you said, and I didn't even have to check to know it was true...... You have amazing eyes
I like it more than the retail. And I bet it works cooler too
Prefer it to the retail product, but probably in the minority (or not part of the agree with everything Sony do bunch!)
I like the V-shaped fan system on top of the system. 😀
PS5 looks so much better. Was so happy when they revealed it.
I think they did good for a big console to be at the same time beautiful and more convenient than the PS4 to reach and unplug the cables.
@JJ2 Definitely a way more convenient box. The PS4 was really annoying to plug and unplug!
I like it and the V means 5 in roman numerals, they should've went with this only more compact, not that I dislike the actual style
The reatil version is just about as unavailable for me as the devkit. I just want a PS5 no matter what it looks like, but it won't happen it seems ...
It looks more aggresive than retail design. I like it more.
I WANT IT!!! Not sure why, but I do
This is an absolute eyesore.
The front looks like a pizza warmer, the top looks like an RV satellite dish, and the back looks like an N64 controller. Somebody had way too much time and way too little design experience here.
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