Friday, November 15, 2013

PlayStation 4 torn down, achieves high repairability score

The device earned a score of 8 out of 10 from iFixit for overall repairability.

November 15, 2013 6:44 AM PST

The PlayStation 4 is all torn down.

The PlayStation 4 is all torn down.

(Credit: iFixit)

Sony's PlayStation 4 might have only hit store shelves hours ago, but it's already been torn apart to reveal its internal components.

The team over at iFixit on Friday published its teardown of Sony's latest console. The device received a score of 8 out of 10 for repairability thanks to its lack of adhesive and a "non-proprietary hard drive (that) is easy to access and replace." Sony's new console, however, did get dinged for the need to disassemble much of the console to clean the fan.

So, what's inside? In addition to the components that have been amply discussed -- an 8-core AMD "Jaguar" CPU and AMD Radeon GPU -- the console comes with a 5400 RPM 500GB hard drive from Western Digital subsidiary HGST. The hard drive is 2.5 inches, so folks who'd like to replace it with a bigger drive or SSD will need to stay within those confines.

Sony's PlayStation 4 hit store shelves on Friday. The device, which costs $399, is the latest in a long line of consoles from the device-maker. It might also be one of the most important. Sony has watched its financial woes mount and only recently started making a slight rebound. Gaming is one of the central components in its rebirth strategy, so quite a bit is riding on the PlayStation 4.