Wired just posted a detailed teardown of the PS4, and it’s some fascinating stuff, even if you aren’t much of a console gamer. It’s pretty clear Sony has worked hard to make the PS4 as simple as possible… but it’s still quite elaborate.
Tear That Mother Down
The teardown is conducted by Yasuhiro Ootori, an engineering director at Sony, and he walks you through each of the parts as he takes them down. Fascinatingly, the PS4 seems designed to be simple to take apart, yet also designed to keep you from taking it apart; Ootori admits as much as he’s going through the process. That said, if you really want to go nuts with a screwdriver, you can.
That said, the most important feature of the PS3’s design has been retained; if you want to replace the hard drive, all that takes is removing a screw and slotting in any other hard drive you wish. That was a nice feature, especially coming from Sony, which loves nothing more than to put out proprietary formats; just ask a Vita owner. That said, obviously taking apart the rest of the machine is a bit more involved, and Sony doesn’t want you doing it; they’ve even put seals in place that will let them know whether or not you’ve monkeyed with their machine.
It Just Fits
The key thing to note here is that the PS4 is incredibly well designed, as a console. Sony has spent a lot of time and energy ensuring that this is, first and foremost, a gaming console. Whether that’s a bet that makes sense is an open question, considering how rapidly the gaming market is going to change in the next few years. But one way or the other, the PS4 can’t be faulted for its engineering.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.