A YouTuber gave us our first up-close look at the PS5 dev kit, showing that the dev tool contains a number of hardware features that are not present in the retail version of the console.
Development kits must be used by approved studios to assist with PS5 game development. Mas YouTuber Macho Nacho Productions (opens in new tab) took possession of one of the devices, offering an in-depth look at its design and features.
Its case is radically different from the retail version of the PS5 and is equipped with a number of other ports and inputs. The drive featured in the YouTuber’s video has not been activated, however, it cannot launch any software other than the kit splash screen.
The V-shaped device features an LCD display integrated into its front panel, a pair of heavy-duty exhaust ports on either side, as well as slots that allow multiple kits to stack on top of each other.
It also has several other ports. There are four USB 3.0 inputs, one USB 2.0 and one USB-C on the front, as well as four buttons for controlling the device. On the other end is a pair of ethernet ports, an HDMI input and another USB 3.0 port – bringing the total USB count up to seven.
The innards of the machine are also different. It contains nearly 2.5TB of memory – much larger than the 825GB SSD included with the retail PS5 – as well as expanded storage capacity. Unlike the consumer console, it does not include a disk drive.
These additional hardware features are all tailored for development. The high number of USB ports would allow developers to plug in many peripherals to test the machine with, while its high storage capacity means the device can hold huge, uncompressed game files.
Macho Nacho speculates that one of the ethernet cables is a high-speed port, useful for transferring the large files involved in game development. The built-in screen, meanwhile, shows several backend metrics that would be Greek for most players. As for the absence of the disk drive, this is not very surprising. After all, the kit was made to be used in creating games, not playing them.
Macho Nacho did not say where he acquired the dev kit. Sony only provides them to officially licensed publishers and developers and is careful to prevent them from falling into the consumer market. As kotaku (opens in new tab) reported, an eBay listing for a PS5 dev kit last year was taken down in a matter of hours. However, big changes could be coming in the future as there are rumors that a new PS5 model is on the horizon.