Behold the PS5 dev kit in all its glory
A YouTuber has secured a PS5 dev kit, and it's our best look yet at the gargantuan device
➡️ The Shortcut Skinny: PS5 dev kit
😲 YouTuber Macho Nacho Productions has secured a PS5 dev kit
👀 The video gives us a comprehensive look at the PS5 development kit, including some of the dev kit’s unique features
💪 The dev kit turns on and is functional, but the system has been deactivated
🏋️ It means it’s essentially an expensive paperweight
A YouTuber has managed to get their hands on an elusive PS5 dev kit, giving us our best look yet at Sony’s humongous development unit.
The dev kit was secured by YouTuber Macho Nacho Productions, who shows off the V-shaped console’s unique features, like the built-in display, futuristic design, and multiple IO ports.
It’s the first time we’ve seen Sony’s dev kit in the wild. A previous listing on eBay was quickly shut down by Sony before the console could be sold, and it’s safe to say the company won’t be happy that a dev kit has slipped into the wrong hands.
Luckily for Sony, and perhaps predictably, the PS5 dev kit Macho Nacho has secured isn’t activated. That means it can’t be used for its intended purposes, nor is it capable of playing any games. Essentially it’s an expensive paperweight, but that doesn’t make it a fascinating watch.
In terms of the key differences between the PS5 dev kit and the retail model, radical design aside, the PS5 dev kit has four USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, and a USB-C port on the front of the unit. There’s also a built-in display and four buttons on the left-hand side of the unit. On the back of the system, you’ll find two ethernet ports, an AC port, an HDMI port, and another USB 3.0 port.
But what about storage? Well, the PS5 dev kit has a staggering 2.2TB of storage, which eclipses the rather measly 825GB found in retail PS5s. There’s also an SSD expansion bay on the bottom of the unit in case a developer wants to add more.
We don’t know how much a PlayStation 5 development costs, but the PS3 dev kit used to cost as much as $50,000 back in the day. However, Sony wants to attract more indie developers to PlayStation by giving them a free PS5 dev kit if they’re eligible.
It remains to be seen if Sony will take any action to take down Macho Nacho’s PS5 dev kit videos, but it’s always interesting to see the differences between what developers use to create some of the best PS5 games compared to the retail models that end up in consumers’ hands.
Sony has revised the PS5’s internal design twice since its launch. The new PS5 model has a new motherboard, heatsink, and is significantly lighter than before.
If you’re still searching for Sony’s console, check out our PS5 restock page for all the latest updates.
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