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A leading U.S. magazine has managed to get its hands onto the Sony PlayStation 4 game console. Lacking permission to publish a fully-fledged review, the outlet has revealed what is inside the game console that is set to become available later this month. But while we now know what hardware is inside the device, we still wonder a lot about other features of the console.

The Wired has disassembled the PlayStation 4 video game console and unveiled all of its guts in all of their very glory. Just as anticipated, the console has simplistic mainboard design, high-speed blower, a hard disk drive as well as complicated cooling system. The system itself is made of high-quality plastic and generally looks very solid.

Sony PS4 mainboard looks just like another highly-integrated motherboard of a PC. The PCB carries a TSMC-produced using 28nm process technology AMD Fusion chip (with 8 Jaguar x86 cores, Radeon GCN-based graphics engine and GDDR5 memory controller) as sixteen GDDR5 chips on both of its sides.

The PS4 motherboard itself looks very clean, a masterpiece of engineering work. Yet, the mainboard is truly advanced to say at least. It features very high-speed 256-bit memory interface as well as 4+2 phase power input.

It is necessary to note that the PS4 uses sixteen 4Gb GDDR5 memory chips, which potentially means.

Sony PlayStation 4 is based on a semi-custom AMD Fusion system-on-chip that integrates eight AMD x86 Jaguar cores, custom AMD Radeon HD core with unified array of 18 AMD GCN-like compute units (1152 stream processors which collectively generate 1.84TFLOPS of computer power that can freely be applied to graphics, simulation tasks, or some mixture of the two), various special-purpose hardware blocks as well as multi-channel GDDR5 memory controller. The PS4 will come with 8GB of unified GDDR5 memory sub-system (with 176GB/s bandwidth) for both CPU and GPU as well as large-capacity hard disk drive. 

Sony PS4 will be equipped with Blu-ray disc drive capable of reading BDs at 6x and DVDs at 8x speeds, USB 3.0 connectivity in addition to a proprietary aux port, Gigabit Ethernet port, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR wireless technology as well as HDMI, optical and analog outputs. The new system will also utilize new DualShock 4 game controller with integrated touchpad as well as better motion sensing thanks to new PS4 tracking cameras (sold separately for $59).

The PlayStation4 (CUH-1000A series) computer entertainment system will launch on November 15, 2013 in the Canada and U.S., and from November 29, 2013 in Europe (PAL region) including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The PS4 will also launch in the following ten Latin American countries on November 29: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Peru.

When the PlayStation 4 will become available this year, it will be sold at a recommended retail price (RRP) of $399, CAD$399, €399, and £349.

Tags: Sony, Playstation, PlayStation 4

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I'd think about swapping out that WD HDD and putting in a Acronis cloned OCZ Vector 150 SSD, if there's not a firmware whitelist.
1 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/10/13 11:02:05 PM]
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If the HDD is registered you will loose your PS4.
2 0 [Posted by: Atlastiamhere  | Date: 11/11/13 04:49:07 AM]
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It does stand to reason there would be some anti-piracy measure like that. I can't see how you would lose your PS4 in doing this, when you can just shove the original drive back in. But let's see what the hackers can do. I'm pretty sure a BIOS whitelist will be the most certain measure to stop modding - like in my Lenovo laptop. But the hackers were able to hack that so I was able to add a third party internal Linux compatible 3G modem.
3 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/11/13 05:43:23 AM]
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They will ban your account. not just the device it is tied too. M$ does this as well to kill modders and mod users. very draconian... but i do see their concerns.
1 1 [Posted by: amdzorz  | Date: 11/11/13 12:45:02 PM]
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makes me wonder what is the SATA speed II or III since they are using an regular HDD config on the ps4.
1 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 11/11/13 09:30:27 AM]
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Regular HDD's suck!

Cartridge game consoles or PC's only!
2 1 [Posted by: Teemu Ruskeepää  | Date: 11/11/13 09:48:12 AM]
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Cartridge is expensive, and only used in handheld where physical footprint matters.

There is a reason why PS1 succeeded, because it uses CD which stores more data while being cost effective.
0 1 [Posted by: trumpet-205  | Date: 11/11/13 07:13:50 PM]
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The PS4 uses 16 512mb GDDR5 memory modules...NOT 16 4gb memory chips lol..That would equal 64gb of GDDR5...which is insane..ridiculous...useless...and a lot of other descriptive words similar to these. lol
0 2 [Posted by: Marvin MrBrookwood McClain  | Date: 11/11/13 11:41:13 AM]
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Marvin, please educate yourself on the differences between bytes and bits
2 0 [Posted by: Daniel Manley  | Date: 11/11/13 11:54:52 AM]
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Relax - 4Gb = 512MB. You're comparing Gigabits to Megabytes.
0 1 [Posted by: jiffylube1024  | Date: 11/11/13 06:34:17 PM]
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Gigabits not Gigabytes...
1 Byte = 8 Bits btw..
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 11/13/13 01:41:53 AM]
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Anton:

PS4 Opens Wide Shut: Most Awaited Game Console Opens Up Its Internals.


What does open wide shut mean. Is this a spelling mistake in the title?

Also, you do not complete this thought in your article startig with this sentence:

It is necessary to note that the PS4 uses sixteen 4Gb GDDR5 memory chips, which potentially means.


The next sentence starts off with
Sony PlayStation 4 is based on a ....


These are two completely different thoughts. please complete the first or remove it because it is usless info as it is.
2 0 [Posted by: veli05  | Date: 11/11/13 12:53:50 PM]
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The line "PS4 Opens Wide Shut" is weak attempt at humor, in reference to the Stanley Kubrick film Eyes Wide Shut.
2 0 [Posted by: Kashim  | Date: 11/11/13 11:46:11 PM]
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Nice looking APU chip.......
0 1 [Posted by: tks  | Date: 11/12/13 12:18:00 AM]
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The PS3 Slim was built until it's last hardware revision with low cost BGA (a kind of soldering between chips and board). The thing did not last 2 years under moderate weekend use.

Why should we trust this one isn't another piece of junk?

I have built about 6 mid to high end PCs in my life and none of them had any part made for dumb customers using materials programmed to fail after a certain time frame / lifetime or whatever greedy scam that is.
2 1 [Posted by: Cleber Fernandes  | Date: 11/12/13 05:48:21 AM]
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From experience I know that Sony's products have a lifetime clock which activates just after warranty expires. Cameras, TVs, phones, laptops, ALL suffer from the same thing. Never heard of the PS3 until now.....hmmm....
1 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 11/13/13 01:45:04 AM]
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