PlayStation 5 leak shows developer kit

Web screenshot: November 30 Twitter post from Alcohoilikaust claims to show PlayStation 5 devkits

An image posted to Twitter over the weekend appears to confirm earlier rumors about the PS5 devkit's form.

Provided by the console manufacturer, in this case Sony Interactive Entertainment, devkits allow studios to test games on hardware whose specifications approach the console's target performance.

External design tends towards an industrial aesthetic, and isn't usually representative as far as Sony and Nintendo have been concerned.

To the right of the PS5 devkits, for example, lies a PlayStation 4 devkit looking more like a piece of 1950s audio equipment than the retail PS4's flat, wedged rhomboid.

It's been placed on top of on top of a PS4 Pro equivalent which has more in common with an IT server room than the PS4 Pro available in stores.

Here, while the PS5 devkits' V-shape does correspond to the roman numeral for the number five, the large recess instead allows stacking of several development kits on top of each other in an office environment, per tech reporter Tom Warren.

The recess provides greater surface area for temperature regulation via fan cooling and air grilles.

That's important due to the performance tests that studios may conduct to ensure their games are stable under non-standard conditions.

Meanwhile, Sony hardware and design engineers would work on increasing the finished console's efficiency and reduce its footprint to an appropriate size. Sony is expected to reveal the PlayStation 5 during the first half of 2020 ahead of launch towards the end of the year.

As for games, internal studio Naughty Dog is preparing its action adventure "The Last of Us Part II" for release on PS4 in May; "The Last of Us" released on PS3 in 2013 and then on PS4 not too long afterwards so the highly anticipated "Part II" could follow suit.

Independent studio Bluepoint Games, which previously remastered "Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection" and "Shadow of the Colossus" for PlayStation 4, has teased work on a "big game" for PS5. Current rumors suggesting something to do with the "Dark Souls" franchise.

Meanwhile, Ubisoft's "Watch Dogs Legion," "Rainbow Six Quarantine" and "Gods & Monsters," and Blizzard's "Overwatch 2" have been announced for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC; they're all due around the time as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox's Project Scarlett debut, making them prime candidates for simultaneous releases.