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

Sony PlayStation 4 Disassembled, Considered

by Anton Shilov
11/11/2013 | 03:30 AM

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.