Research from TweakTown discovered some interesting import records that appear to show Sony shipping boxes of development kits to the US. [sic.] (Prototype)”, and was sent from the UK to Norfolk, Virginia in November of last year. It weighed 694 kg, which is about 1532 lbs.
Both the starting and ending destination are a bit ambiguous, given that you’d expect a prototype console to be built in China, and it’s not clear what Sony is doing in Virginia, but it’s still interesting. So, to quote Brad Pitt on Se7en, What’s in the Box?
PS5 Slim, PS5 Pro, PSVR 2, or something else?
Let’s get rid of the boring option first. This might just be an old prototype – probably from the PS5 when it was still V-shaped. The same could be true for developer kits: if developers want to build PS5 software, they still need the development kit in 2022, even if they’re late A little about the party.
But what if it was more interesting? Well, one piece of hardware we know in the works is the PSVR 2. We’ve been told to expect the next generation of virtual reality from Sony at some point, and a 2022 release remains a possibility. Anyway, this definitely exists, and development kits will be required, so it seems possible.
Now in the realm of speculation: Could this be a PS5 review? If this is a significant change, there are two possible possibilities: a slim model with less space, or a Pro version with enhanced internal components.
PS5 Slim feels practically foolproof at some point. Not only do the mini consoles reduce Sony’s shipping costs, thereby increasing profits, but every PlayStation ever made has had a smaller version at some point. However, it seems a bit early for that, given that it took three to six years for Sony to redesign its consoles with a smaller form factor – although for the most part the PS5 might make Sony want to speed up that framework chronological, path.
What about the Pro model? Well, so far, we’ve only seen one: the PS4 Pro, and it also came out three years after the original PS4. Again, it looks a little close – although, of course, it may be a very early prototype. All designs have to start somewhere, after all.
In short, if you’re still looking forward to the PS5 but are worried about just buying one for Sony to start redesigning right away, you’re probably safe. While it’s fun to speculate on what the prototype could be, it’s likely that the current PS5 design will remain until 2023 at the earliest.