A new PlayStation 5 (PS5) leak adds further weight to speculation that this is going to be Sony’s most customizable console ever.
New pictures, allegedly of the PS5 shell, surfaced online today. If genuine, they reveal that gamers will be able to remove and swap out the console’s outer shell.
The images were posted on the forums of Chinese gaming website A9VG and appear to have been snapped in a workshop.
One picture shows a stack of plates. This implies we’re looking at a production line tasked with mounting the shells on the units or the inside of the factory tasked with fabricating the plates.
A close up clearly shows the PlayStation logo imprinted on the top right of the plate. A piece of what looks to be A4 paper is placed on top to give a sense of scale, reinforcing the expectation that Sony’s PS5 will feature a chunky design.
Peppering the inner side of the plate are notched attachments. These suggest the plate is detachable, fueling speculation that owners may be able to swap out the plates to customize their PS5s.
While still unconfirmed, the pictures could confirm speculation that Sony is gearing up to launch the PS5 in multiple special editions sporting various colors.
PlayStation’s VP of UX design, Matt MacLaurin, ignited debate last month when he teased special editions in a LinkedIn post.
MacLaurin further hinted that the PS5 would be:
customizable in ways previous gens weren’t.
PlayStation’s global marketing head, Eric Lempel, suggested last week that Sony planned to talk about alternative colors at some point.
Here’s what he said during an interview with Geoff Keighley:
The details have been a long time coming.
Since Sony unveiled the PS5 hardware last month, fans have concocted all manner of alternative color schemes and themes for the console.
Two noteworthy mock-ups include a Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales-inspired version and an all-black variant.