If you’ve ever wondered what a developer kit for a console looks like, look no further. Included in this article is a list of developer kits of some of the most popular consoles ever.
Something you might notice, however, is that the developer kit sometimes looks completely different from the final product. Have a look and you’ll see for yourself.
Right off the bat, and you can already see the developer kit for the PS4 is more than a little different from its commercial incarnation.
Nicknamed “Orbis”, some people mistakenly thought this would be the title of the PS4 before it was released. Although it appears like a large steel brick with a few oddly shaped holes in it, it gets the job done. It’s better if you’re beautiful on the inside anyway.
The granddaddy of the PlayStation series, this edition looks practically identical to a typical PS1 console, with the added capability of acting as a debugging unit that developers could use to fine tune games. Oh and a sweet blue paintjob. Nice.
“Is that a completely run-of-the-mill Xbox One I see before me?” To those who asked this question, the answer is yes. Apparently, any Xbox One can be converted and changed into a development kit, as of summer this year.
A clever move by Microsoft to get more people into games development? Possibly. Although more likely it’s another sneaky move to get you to finally install that Windows 10 update you’ve been avoiding like the plague.