Rumors about Sony using cartridges in its next console appear to be true, it's just that the PS5 doesn't happen to be Sony's next console. It's now clear that instead of the cartridges being planned for use with the PS5 that they are instead used in Sony's kid console, the Sony Toio. The Sony Toio interactive games console lets kids plug in a cartridge and control real-world toys like cars. It's not exactly the kind of next-gen console may have been expecting.

Speculation regarding the Sony cartridge began following the discovery of a Sony patent filed in Brazil. Due to the lack of information surrounding the patent, all that could be assumed was that it was from Sony and appears to be for a gaming console of some kind. Half-seriously, some speculated about how this cartridge could potentially be a part of the PS5 next-gen console. Theories ranged from Sony switching to this medium for proprietary game cartridges or that they'd be used as a new form of SSD swappable storage, like a modern memory card.

Enter the Toio, a new version of a console that coincidentally stirred up similar rumors in 2018. The last console had small cards that, after a patent link, thought might be related to a PS Vita relaunch. The new Toio console has upgraded from small cards to chunky cartridges. The cartridges work much like traditional consoles from decades ago where they're plugged into a slot at the front of the Toio.

The Toio console is, unfortunately, only available in Japan, just in case anyone was hoping to experience what it was like to have a modern cartridge-based console for themselves. The console doesn't really play video games, anyway. It simply connects to toys or devices in unique ways, kind of like with Nintendo Labo but without the cardboard folding.

Suffice to say, it's safe to assume that the PS5 will not be relying on these cartridges. There may be an alternate universe where the PS5 and the Toio share cartridges, but here it'd be rather silly. While Sony has yet to officially unveil the PS5 or details like what kind of media it will accept for games, a disc-based drive seems all but certain. Proprietary cartridges will remain Nintendo's area of expertise for the foreseeable future.

The PS5 is planned for release during the holiday season in 2020.