Another day, another rumour! This time the rumour concerns the PlayStation 5. Industry insider Marcus Sellars has claimed that Sony’s next console’s development kit is already in the hands of developers.
Sellars, who has previously leaked that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was on its way and outed the Spyro The Dragon Remastered Trilogy, have revealed via Twitter that the dev kits for the PlayStation 5 were released to developers earlier this year.
So what are these dev kits? Basically, they are a prototype/early versions of the PS5 sent to developers so that they can start testing engines and games on it, and essentially get to know the system and its software. So once dev kits have been sent out, a console announcement usually follows suit.
PS5 dev kits went out early this year to third party developers.
— Marcus Sellars (@Marcus_Sellars) March 6, 2018
It’s important to note that this is just speculation and that Sellers hasn’t revealed any sources or even more information beyond the tweet. However, judging from some of his previous “reveals” and track record, it might not be a bad idea to take notice of his remarks. Should this rumour prove true, we would probably be looking at a 2019/2020 release date, which is a lot closer than it seems. Previously analysts, including Michael Pachter, have also predicted a 2019 launch for the PlayStation 5, with Pachter going as far as to state that the console would be backwards compatible with PlayStation 4 games. Pachter also suggests that the new console would likely be another simple technological step and not the massive jump everyone is expecting.
I guess we will just have to wait and see whether these rumours prove true. It’s unlikely that Sony will reveal anything at this year’s E3. It’s more likely to happen during PSX.