We’ve reported on rumors of a cartridge-like, modular SSD for the upcoming PlayStation 5 these past few days. Many are convinced the cartridge patent filed by Sony is for PS5. Mostly because Yujin Morisawa filed it. Morisawa is a senior art director at Sony with responsibility over the PlayStation line of products. But this patent is for a different Sony product. Consider the PS5 SSD cartridge rumor busted.
What is Toio?
Toio is what this cartridge patent is actually for according to our Twitter follower @mattyjjenkins. After they pointed this out to us we did some research. Toio is a toy produced by Sony that is only available in Japan. The most recent version was released in March 2019. It’s a plastic box that takes small cartridges but it’s not a video game console. It’s a console that interacts with small, cube robots and introduces programming to young children. Users play with multiple “titles” using small cartridges that look identical to the images in the cartridge patent. Some of the parallels include:
- Placement of the label
- Dimples on the side
- 12 pin connectors for cartridge slot
Here we go again
Another compelling piece of evidence that this new patent is for Toio is this has happened before. In 2018 a Sony patent surfaced for an interesting cartridge authored by Yujin Morisawa. Immediately rumors started to circulate that this cartridge was for a PlayStation Vita successor. But the cartridge was actually for Toio, the first release that used a different cartridge design. Here we are again with a Sony cartridge patent with Yujin Morisawa’s name on it.
Update to the patent
LetsGoDigital reported an update was made recently to the patent adding descriptive text. The new text has been interpreted as proof that the design is for a cartridge SSD. However it seems to be more appropriate when you have Toio in mind. The english translation of the description reads, “This is a recording medium which can record various data, such as a character, an image, an animation, a sound and a program. By loading the opening provided by the game console with the tip end part by which a variety of pins of this cartridge were provided, the various data recorded on this cartridge can be read.”
It’s hard to still believe the patent is for a cartridge SSD after seeing the similarities to the current Toio cartridge. And when you combine that with the past patent creating the same confusion then there’s no question left. No doubt PS5 will use a new, high-tech SSD that will revolutionize the PlayStation experience. It just won’t be in a cartridge like this.
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