Games designers may already have access to the PlayStation 5 development kits, according to high-profile industry insider Marcus Sellars.
Sellars is famed for leaking high-profile information about games hardware and software companies. He now believes that Sony has officially released the PS5 developer kits to third-party companies.
Writing on Twitter last week, the analyst said: "PS5 dev kits went out early this year to third-party developers". However, he has not released any more details about the kits or who may have have received them.
Although Sellars did not publish any evidence to back-up his claims, he is widely seen as a reputable source of inside information in the games industry. For instance, he leaked details about the Nintendo Switch Port of 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4'.
2020 is what I have in my forecast. The data suggest there's no need to do it earlier
In the past, he also confirmed the existence of Metroid Prime 4. The latter is a game that is being made by gaming giant Nintendo and Bandai Namco.
Whatever the case, this is not the first time that rumours about the PlayStation 5 have emerged, despite the fact that Sony has worked to keep the console under wraps.
Last month, NPD analyst Mat Piscatella claimed that Sony is likely to unveil its next generation games console within two years.
"2020 is what I have in my forecast. The data suggest there's no need to do it earlier. But I've been surprised before so I'm as interested in this as anyone," he said, without divulging details about the source.
Piscatella is not, by any means, the first person to talk about the PlayStation 5. Grab Games creative director Harold Vancol believes that the console could be bundled with a VR headset.
"Buying a new console is a big undertaking for a lot of people, and buying the headset that I think people want to see in the future of PlayStation can almost be like buying a new console," he claimed in February.
"So having these purchases separated gives each thing its own time to shine. However, PlayStation 5 and PSVR [PlayStation VR] should be considered essential together."
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