The waiting is finally over for PlayStation fans, the PS4 finally hit the shelves last night, and the guys from iFixit didn’t waste any time on getting their hands in the new PlayStation 4 and teared down revealing that Sony made it super easy for users to reach the internal hard drive and replace it — which by the way many people are replacing with one larger capacity HDD or with a super fast Solid-State Drive to speed up game load.
A difference to the Xbox One, the PlayStation 4 has its power supply built into the console, which the guys from iFixit note is a AC Input of 100-240 volts. This means that you can move the console from country-to-country without a problem, just remember to get a socket adapter.
The teardown also reveals that the console indeed uses a SCEI (Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.) CXD90026G SoC (includes AMD “Jaguar” Cores and AMD Radeon Graphics GPU), Samsung K4G41325FC-HC03 4 Gb (512 MB) GDDR5 RAM (total of 16 x 512 MB = 8 GB), SCEI CXD90025G Secondary/Low Power Processor for Network Tasks, Genesys Logic GL3520 USB 3.0 Hub Controller, and Marvell 88EC060-NN82 Ethernet Controller, among many other components.
The console received a score of 8 out 10 on repairability; what really helped the device to reach that score is no adhesive between components and Sony’s choice of a traditional hard drive, which makes really easy to swap it without a bigger capacity HDD or SSD.
Also, the folks from iFixit pointed out that there are some PS4s malfunctioning and it’s preventing consoles from outputting a video signal to the display. Apparently this is cause by a piece of metal in the HDMI port that “supposed to have been flush with the bottom of the port but instead had been bent upward, obstructing some of the pins in the port”. And this piece of metal is damaging the HDMI wire, so if you’re having some video issues, make sure the HDMI port “isn’t bent or damaged”.
For the complete set of PS4 teardown instructions and more pictures, check out iFixit website.
If you’re planning to upgrade your PlayStation 4 hard drive, you can use the video tutorial below: