A look inside the PlayStation 4

Director of Sony's engineering department dismantles upcoming next-generation console in new video.

Images and video of the PS4's exterior have been widely circulated so far, but a new video from Wired shows for the first time what the next-generation console looks like on the inside.

Image Credit: Wired

Yasuhiro Ootori, director of Sony's engineering department, dismantles the $400 system piece-by- piece in the five-minute video.

On display in the video is the PS4's x86 CPU, 8GB of GDDR5 memory, its internal power supply, optical drive, Bluetooth antenna, 85mm centrifugal fan, and heat sink, among other components.

Also shown off is the PS4's 500GB hard drive, which can be swapped out for a larger size, so long as it meets certain requirements.

The PS4 launches next Friday, November 15, for $400. The system comes to Europe on November 29.

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322 comments
auntbessie
auntbessie

I just hope the wireless adaptor is better than the first gen PS3 I had, that thing was totally useless despite being 6ft from the router in the same room, I'd like to think it's been improved since then

leandrro
leandrro

a tiny underventilated PC,

seen those gddr5 memory chips welded upside-down with no heatsink on? 

the same way those memory xhips on x360 that caused all the x360 problems

leandrro
leandrro

@Busta @leandrro have you ever seen a gddr5 memory chip without a heatsink on? on a mid high end graphics card? those things will melt, even if not upside down

Busta
Busta

@leandrro    Many folks run their ram without heatsinks.  Especially the laptops people buy...even the gaming ones.  Don't know what you're getting at.

SuperDutchy
SuperDutchy

@Xenuri @leandrro @Busta If you watch the video carefully, you will notice that the heatsink wraps around the entire board like a sandwich. on the top and the bottom. When the top heatsink is removed and then he removes the board, there is another one underneath.

cboye18
cboye18

I wonder if its possible to change the chipset...

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

"We searched everywhere, for days. But even inside the console, we couldn't find any good Playstation 4 exclusives."

leandrro
leandrro

@Tiwill44 there is not a single must buy exclusive in both consoles, multiplatform are the best ones, and they all suck on x1

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@leandrro I never said there was. If anything, the PS4 is probably the better choice between the two, but they're still both completely pointless and underwhelming to me until they get great, fresh exclusives running at 1080p 60fps.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@Dr_takapotku 

Knack doesn't really look all that great. Looks like it could have been released as a PSN title for 30 bucks on PS3.

Killzone is just another Killzone, and I don't even enjoy playing FPS on consoles.

As for Infamous, well, for some reason it doesn't look quite as fun as the first two Infamous games. But I could be wrong. The new protag certainly is annoying though. And even if it ends up being a good game, I'm not going to buy a new console just for 1 game.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@psuedospike It's a horizontal Super Stardust HD. Not necessarily a bad thing, but these games get repetitive very fast. I'd have fun with it for a few days and then I'd pretty much be done with it. The only reason I played Super Stardust HD was because I got it for free when the PSN got hacked.

psuedospike
psuedospike

@Tiwill44 It looks cool and it's exclusive.  Besides aren't all games pretty much like that?  Play them for a few hours, days, weeks then move on once you beat it or get sick of it.  Xbone has Dead Rising 3 and Forza and Titanfall eventually, but that's not enough incentive for me to purchase their first generation Xbox that will surely be riddled with problems for the first year.  Heck I went through 5 360s but still have my original fat PS3 going strong.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@psuedospike Only arcade-like games are like that. You simply clear levels and have fun doing it until you get bored, but that's all there is to it. You don't feel like you're going on a big adventure or exploring a new game world. It's not a memorable experience. And the replay value is small because it isn't a competitive game. Like I said, it's not necessarily a bad thing; it's pure gameplay at its core and that's cool, but for me, this isn't a system seller at all.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

@psuedospike Also I forgot to mention, there are a lot of games where I can have mindless fun, I don't need a new console specifically for that. The exact same reasoning applies to Xbox, I wasn't implying that the Xbone had better exclusives than the PS4. I do think the PS3 had a lot more worthwhile exclusives than the 360, but both next-gen consoles are really barebones so far imo.

DoUbLeZzMk2
DoUbLeZzMk2

INFAMOUS SECOND SON!!!! Ba BAAAMMM! !!!!

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Awesome, this shows the sleek and modular design of the PS4. Makes me want it even more. :-)

Forcecaster
Forcecaster

Ah it's so good to see the hardware that will drive the "greatness".

RENE4THEWIN
RENE4THEWIN

Very cool SONY.  I'm sure it takes a lot of faith to breakdown a system like this for everyone to see your engineering.

RENE4THEWIN
RENE4THEWIN

This machine needs one upgrade when I get mine... a SSD.

haze0986
haze0986

@RENE4THEWIN too expensive, id wait until it was official that it improves performance

55584623
55584623

the way it's build, looks quite similar to a notebook

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

Aww how cute. You can see the 8GB RAM surrounding the GPU. 3 on the bottom, 3 on the top, 2 to the right.


Man, I am extremely worried now. That fan can't possibly cool the whole thing.

lowkey254
lowkey254

Did you see that heat sync? Large and in charge. The fan will do just fine.

brainiac1988
brainiac1988

Dude it looks top notch.  A Centrifugal fan, large heat sink and proper housing over the CPU area.  It looks perfect.  

Have you seen the Xbox One cooler? lol

Dr_takapotku
Dr_takapotku

@Trickymaster The Jaguar based APU is just so energy efficient when it comes to tFlops vs. watts vs. heat. It's just unbeatable. Great architecture. 

EmperorSupreme
EmperorSupreme

Really smart how it was put together.  Simple, clean and efficient. Construction wise this is miles ahead of how the original PS3 or Xbox 360 was put together. 

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

That cooling solution looks massively underwhelming...

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@andrew_ribbons its not a very impressive chip set... 


In all honesty the most impressive part of the ps4's hardware is the RAM and that pretty much sums up next gen consoles. Last gen had much better specs compared to the PCs of their time.

lowkey254
lowkey254

Umm, last gen started out 2 years behind PCs of the time.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

I'm guessing this is a bit of a slow news day today.

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

I Wounder what Graphics card GPU used in PS4?

coldreboot
coldreboot

It's been suggested that the desktop card equivalent is a Radeon HD 7870.

GriffinBalls
GriffinBalls

I was about to say, what a mature approach from Sony. Ya know people will rip it straight apart, so why not just show inside the thing.

Then I realised MS released an unboxing video.

So basically, a "mine is bigger than yours" approach, maybe not mature after all.

Still good to see whatever the reason. Well done Sony

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@GriffinBalls So did Nintendo... There's a lot more interest in the hardware than in past. The spec sheet was more of a "mine is bigger than yours" moment than this.

megakick
megakick

Wonderful going to play games at 720p to 1080p and in a couple years 4k televisions will be affordable...

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@megakick No games will play in 4k... Next gen consoles are barely pulling off 1080p with graphical improvements. Only way 4k would happen is if they throw away everything else.

jo8n3645
jo8n3645

@megakick only thing you will maybe be able to play is video in 4k. it will never support 4k for gaming. 

SkyAboveThePort
SkyAboveThePort

If I got that right from the video, the HDD cannot be removed without opening the case, which in turn voids warranty? PS3 is better in that department..

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@SkyAboveThePort Yeah, I also assume that. Hopefully we're just missing some strange slot on the side or something, because that would be rubbish what with it only having a crappy 5400 rpm drive in it.

DoUbLeZzMk2
DoUbLeZzMk2

No no no.... to replace the HDD all you have to do is simply slide off the glossy side of the PS4 and Walla. ..1 screw to unhook it and slide it right out =)

haze0986
haze0986

@SkyAboveThePortAccording to German site Computer Bild (via IGN), the hard drive is located underneath a glossy panel on the top of the system. That panel can be removed with a torx screwdriver. It notes that since the system has a 2.5" laptop HDD by default, you could slip in a solid state drive.

It only took them about 21 seconds to swap it out, so all in all it seems pretty easy to do."