Back in 2019, when Playstation 5 rumors were at an all-time high, some images of the PS5 dev kits leaked online. The dev kits were modelled in a V-shape, sparked a roar when they came, and didn’t resemble the final version in the slightest. Recently, two of these dev kits were listed for sale on Ebay, however, the ad was taken down in just a few hours after it was posted.
There were two machines listed for sale named, DFI-D1000AA dev kit’ and ‘DFI-T1000A test kit, and were noticed by Twitter users iDCx1337 and Zuby Tech.
A bid of €2,850 EUR
Although the dev kits were on for sale only for a few hours, that time was enough to attract 12 bids with the highest reaching up to €2,850 EUR (around $3,373 USD). The dev kits were being sold with two completely black DualSense controllers which, unlike the consoles, looked pretty similar to the launch model.
Dev kits and test kits
The PS5 test kits were almost identical to the final version of the PS5 and had only a ‘TEST’ text printed on the back. Dev kits however, were completely different. They were designed in a V-shape, and were confirmed by Tom Warren from The Verge to be real. He claimed that the odd shape helped in multiple stress tests on stacked consoles and also facilitated airflow. Some rumors even theorized that the V shape refers to the Roman numeral V which means 5.
The dev kits appear to have more usb ports than the standard PS5, and may even be more powerful in terms of performance. However, these dev kits come with several restrictions making them less useful to the average person.
Who removed the listing: Ebay or Sony?
It’s still unclear whether the listing was removed by Ebay itself, or was ensured by Sony that the ad be taken down. Sony has been known to be a little less tolerant when it comes to matters such as these. When PS5 custom face-plates were gaining popularity, Sony issued legal threats. A similar incident took place when McDonalds arranged a themed PS5 controller giveaway which got cancelled by Sony.
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