If you recall the odd V-shaped car battery-esque PlayStation 5 design that leaked a little while back, apparently it’s real.
A source has informed Gizmodo that the bizarre sketch is, in fact, indicative of a device making its way through private hands right now. Created by Let’sGoDigital, Sony sent it to developers this summer so they could start creating content optimized for the PS5.
It’s apparently codenamed Prospero, after the main character in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. An interesting tidbit about the name is that there are two other notable figures in the play: Gonzalo and Ariel – which just so happen to be codenames for the AMD processors set to be used in both the Xbox Scarlett and PlayStation 5.
Gizmodo also received actual images of the hardware. Upon closer inspection, it found the words “PROTOTYPE 1 NOT FOR SALE” emblazoned on the front, alongside several system status indicators that likely won’t be present in the final model. It did not post these pictures but did provide an assortment of sketches and 3D renders of the device.
However, this isn’t confirmation that the final, release model of the PlayStation 5 will look like this. Sony is no stranger to throwing a curveball to the media and fans alike, and they’ve already demonstrated a fair bit of awareness by deliberately bringing a news outlet into a demonstration of the unnamed next-gen device. There’s still a good chance that the usual rectangular design will hold true for the final product.
All we know for sure is that the PlayStation 5 is powered by a custom-made AMD Navi processor. It also supports ray-tracing rendering and 8K Ultra HD out of the box and will consume less power than a PlayStation 4 when it’s left to rest in standby mode. We’ll probably have to wait until the middle of next year to hear about the next-gen consoles, and their games – a pleasant prospect, considering that barely anything is announced for after March of next year. Regardless, we’ll keep an eye out for any news on the topic.