Dev Kit Patents Reveals New PlayStation 5 Info

Gaming article by Robert N. Adams on Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 15:12
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After months of secrecy and speculation, new information on the PlayStation 5 may have just been revealed thanks to a new patent filing. This patent shows a PlayStation 5 development kit — with a heavy focus on heat management and we've also discovered details about the internal workings of the new DualSense controller.

As highlighted by @Alejandroid1979 on Twitter, this PS5 patent (seen in our header image) details a striking "V-shaped" console that certainly departs from the more conservative design of its forebears. That's not to say it's not a practical design, though — the new patent looks like the PlayStation 5 design is going to have a heavy focus on cooling.

Let's start with the numbers: there are going to be six internal fans keeping everything from cooking your entertainment center when you're playing a graphically intense game. The power supply and the APU each have three fans dedicated to keeping them cool. Furthermore, the APU and power supply are on opposite sides of the console, a move that will also likely help with heat management.

This engineering choice likely reveals the reasoning behind the V-shaped PS5 design: each "arm" of the V appears to be a cooling tunnel to ensure maximum airflow. This design certainly looks intriguing, but one has to wonder: is this actually what the PlayStation 5 will look like?

PS5 Design Patent DualSense controller slice

Is This the Actual PS5 Design?

While this represents a dev-kit, and they can look different from the retail unit, the later date on this one would seem to nail the PlayStation 5 design closer to this general design and specification. That said, the retail PS5 may not be exactly these specifications, but I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to look similar to the design drawings seen in the patent. Of course, none of these drawings use color, so there's still a lot of room for us to be surprised.

If you're a technical nut who likes to dig around the technical specs of upcoming devices, you can also check out a DualSense patent which was also shared by @Alejandroid1979 on Twitter. In the meantime, all we can do for now is wait for the actual reveal.

Do you think this patent shows what the PS5 will actually look like? What do you think of this design? Let us know in the comments below!

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!