Sony PlayStation 5 prototype appears on Japanese auction site

Recently, a prototype of Sony’s PlayStation 5 surfaced on Japan’s Yahoo Auction website, opening at a bidding price of JPY 800’000, around $5500. The seller meticulously showcased its unusual ‘V-shaped’ design, which exudes a more futuristic aesthetic than the commercially available product. The unit’s distinctiveness has garnered considerable attention from enthusiasts.

As reported by Wccftech, the front of this PlayStation 5 prototype is adorned with indicator lights for Status 1/Status 2, On/Standby, Reset, Eject, System Startup, and Network Startup. It features six USB ports and an LED display, while the rear hosts an HDMI port, two Ethernet ports, and an additional USB port.

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It is understood that this PlayStation 5 prototype is a product of a very early design stage, utilizing pre-release development kits, and, owing to its likely lack of activation, may essentially be non-functional. Viewed from another perspective, this imbues the unit with greater collectible value. The appearance of PlayStation 5 prototypes on the market is a rare occurrence, hence the pricing of such devices at a premium is not unheard of.

Two years ago, a PlayStation 5 prototype emerged on Italy’s eBay website, which incited a bidding frenzy among gamers, with the price quickly escalating to €2850. However, it was forcibly delisted by eBay before the bidding process could be concluded, potentially attributable to the intervention of Sony’s legal team.

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The PlayStation 5 game console is equipped with a custom AMD 8-core Zen 2 architecture processor operating at a clock of 3.5 GHz (variable clock), and a custom AMD GPU based on the RDNA 2 architecture, operating at 2.23GHz (variable clock), capable of reaching a floating-point performance of 10.28 TFLOPS. It boasts 16GB of GDDR6 RAM with a 256-bit bus width, a custom 825GB solid-state drive, supports 4K@120Hz and 8K video output, 3D audio, and maintains backward compatibility with PlayStation 4 games.