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PS5 devkits out in the wild, analyst says

Sony's major first-party devs have PS5 devkits and are using them to build new games and scale the hardware.

Published Tue, Jan 29 2019 6:32 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:49 AM CST

Sony's next-gen PlayStation 5 hardware is on the way, and first-party studios have access to devkits for the new console.

PS5 devkits out in the wild, analyst says |

According to Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad, Sony has shipped out PS5 development kits to help power new first-party games. Sony has yet to announce anything concrete, but this move isn't actually surprising as developers play a critical role to any system's development.

As for hardware specifics, sources told TweakTown the PS5 is powered by a discrete GPU instead of an combined APU with shared CPU and graphics. The system may also leverage an 8-core Zen 2 CPU from AMD with Navi graphics technology. Despite this hardware jump, the system is likely to play all existing PS4 games and be backwards compatible with last-gen titles.

Even if we did know devkit specs, it's too early to make any real judgements as the kits are probably just scaled-down PCs at the moment. The PS5 is likely still in middling phases of development and games-makers will continually use the hardware not only to help make new games, but provide essential feedback that ultimately shapes the system over time.

We should also expect first-party devs to leverage the full might of the PS5, similar to how Microsoft's key studios pushed the Xbox One X to its limits. It would be interesting to know just how far along the PS5 is, and what kind of hardware the current iteration has...but it could definitely change.

As a result of the devkit's shifting hardware and toolsets, Sony may not release the PS5 until 2020 or thereabouts.


Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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