PS5 console leaks on Reddit with first look at Sony’s new PlayStation 5

The first picture of Sony's new PS5 console has just leaked online with an image posted on Reddit this afternoon.

Fans might recall that back in October the first unofficial image Sony's console was shared via a heavily watermarked pic shared by YouTube channel ZONEofTECH.

However, that picture was horribly cropped and it was hard to make out much detail.

That said it did more or less confirm that the official PS5 dev kit was out in the wild and in the hands of developers who are already underway creating new games for you to play with next.

At the time of writing it was hard to know if the image shared with ZONEofTECH was legit or a convincing fake.

You often have that problem when people share darkly lit images which are cropped like some sort of picture you'd get if you asked your great-grandma to take a selfie on the latest smartphone.

However, this latest image seems to leave no doubt that this is indeed the Sony PS5 dev-kit, because we can see everything, in a fully lit room no less!

Whilst we have to take anything unofficial with certain grains of salt, if you did want some potential confirmation that this is real, take note that on the right-hand side of the image is also a PS4 dev kit.

Incidentally, if you don't know what a PS4 dev kit looks like and you want a closer look, we've added a picture just below:

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of course, we should mention, as we have in past stories, that it's very unlikely that the finished PS5 console will look anything like this bizarre V-shaped console.

For anyone who perhaps doesn't know, a console dev kit is essentially just a super stripped back version of the console, made more for developers to test and create their games.

The finished console, sold on shop shelves pretty much never looks like these crazy looking machines. Again, a look at the PS4 dev kit is a prime example.

Invariably the PS5 will look like something a lot more consumer-friendly. We imagine, a nice boring black box with rounded corners and a little PlayStation badge.

We suspect that the crazy V-shape design and all those air vents are likely a result of the PS5 console hardware running hot when pushed to the max on the highest settings.

That said, the PS4 does tend to sound like a jet-engine taking off, so we'll certainly be intrigued to know what (if anything) Sony intends to do in order to make their next console run a bit quieter.

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This isn't the first PS5 leak we've seen this week, previously some more details about the PS5 Dualshock 5 controller were released which suggested it could arrive with some incredible new features.

This new patent, which was applied for by PlayStation parent company Sony Interactive Entertainment, suggests that the next controller could include biometric sensors (something we've seen hinted at in another patent, too).

But what could this be used for? Well, depending on how the player is reacting, there could be changes to the game you're playing.

“The controller may additionally or alternatively be designed to capture biometric readings using sensors in the remote to record data including, for example, skin moisture, heart rhythm, and muscle movement,” the latest patent reads.

Does that mean a horror game could time its scares to hit you when you're at your most vulnerable? If so you can 1000% count us well and truly out. Nope. Not happening at all.

That said, if it sounds like your kind of thing, best of luck to you.

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More recently Sony released more details about the console via a blog post, but before that WIRED also got the chance to deep dive into the next-gen machine.

So far there's an awful lot of details about the console which have been shared, but they're quite bitty and to make things easy, here's the key takeaways we have learned.

First up, the PS5 will supposedly have Ray tracing support that is hardware-based and deliver incredible next-gen graphics and shadows.

There will also be a new SSD that will help boot times, loading times and streaming of games too. That's sure to be handy with PlayStation's increased focus on Streaming and PlayStation Now service, which is confirmed to continue on PS5.

As for that new Dualshock 5 controller, it'll have adaptive triggers, haptic feedback, new speakers and will charge using USB Type-C.

Though we love USB Type-C, the key feature is the haptic feedback, here's how it works:

"With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field. You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud," explains PlayStation President and CEO, Jim Ryan.

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