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Chipworks: Sony packs 'monster' SoC in PS4

Posted: 19 Nov 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:teardown  gaming console  SoC 

Chipworks and iFixit joined forces for the Sony PS4 launch and lined up outside of EB Games in Ottawa, Canada for the midnight release.

You'd think that in seven years since the Playstation 3 was released, Sony would incorporate a fair bit of design innovation and that is in fact what we have here. In that time span, the market has evolved from gaming consoles to full-fledged living room hubs that incorporate games, movies, music, social, and much more. Despite the home media revolution, Sony's marketing messaging has made it very clear that the PS4 is first and foremost a gaming console.

Sony packs big design punch in PS4

Figure 1: PS4 console, hard drive revealed.

The new PS4's design blends Sony's traditional jet black colour with a slim and lustrous look. It's very similar in size to Sony's second generation PS3 and slightly more compact than its rival Xbox One. One of the first things we noticed was that Sony's engineers managed to find a way to fold the power supply inside the box, leaving clumsy gamers with no peripheral power brick to trip over.

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