Earlier this week, reports emerged that the PS5 was entering the final stages of the manufacturing process. The news led us to speculate that Sony would struggle to plug leaks unless it pre-empted by revealing the console.
A few days later and it seems this is already happening. What appears to be a leak of the final, retail-ready PS5 design has emerged online.
The design features a slanted top that peaks at the back of the console before dropping down toward the front. The disc drive occupies the center of the front panel accompanied by the Sony and PS5 logos on each side.
The overall look is based on the PS5 dev kit’s distinctive V-shaped design. The PlayStation logo sits inside a V-shaped trench that dominates the center of the top cover. A circular indentation lies just below the V, presumably a power button inspired by the one found on the original PlayStation console.
A patent for the cooling system underpinning the devkit surfaced yesterday, boasting six fans and a massive heat-sink. The final design channels that arrangement, although scaled down to a more aesthetically pleasing whole. Ventilation gaps aren’t distributed as generously as on the devkit. The sides feature horizontal openings to aid air circulation, similar to those found on the PS4.
Although the design is smaller than the PS5 devkit, it remains quite a chunky piece of hardware.
It’s worth noting that the leak comes from a source of questionable repute – 4chan. As such, we suggest approaching this with a generous dose of skepticism.
After the postponement of yesterday’s PS5 showcase, Sony has promised to be in touch with ‘a new date soon,’ implying that we shouldn’t have to wait too long to find out whether this new leak is genuine or not.