PlayStation 5 Controller Leaked? – Hot Take

We’ve been hearing and seeing a lot about PlayStation 5 development kits being in developers hands. We’ve seen a patent and we’ve seen the pictures and now it continues. But this time was the PlayStation 5 controller leaked?

The most recent is a photo tweeted by a Twitter account with the username “The Drunk Cat”. The photo shows two PS5 development kits and off to the right shows two black controllers. And confirming this photo is in fact of the official dev kits, Senior Editor at The Verge Tom Warren who replied to the tweet saying, “yes, this is the PlayStation 5 devkit”. 

As we said earlier, this is not the first look at the real PS5 development kits. But if this is a photo of a real dev kit then it can only be assumed that the controllers connected to them are real PS5 development controllers. And this is new.

Where’s the light bar?

These controllers do look a lot like DualShock 4 controllers for PS4. Which isn’t a huge shock since the look of the DualShock has only slightly changed over the generations. How you know these aren’t DS4s you can pick up from Best Buy is where you plug in the USB-C. In the leaked image the USB cable is plugged in much higher near the top of the controller. This matches up with the Japanese patent filed by Sony that’s believed to be the upcoming DualShock 5. The DualShock 4 has a light bar near the top of the controller placing the USB port near the bottom. This makes it very likely the controllers pictured are unique. 

The absence of a light bar is noticeable both in the picture and in the controller patent. This raises the question of how next generation PlayStation VR will work and with what controller. Also, Mark Cerny has confirmed that the current PSVR headset will work on PS5. Does this mean DualShock 4 controllers will be backwards compatible with the new console?

Also it is a development controller so it’s going to change before we get our hands on it. Will they add a light bar back in? We have a lot of questions and we may not have answers until the PS5’s official reveal next year.

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