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A Playstation 4 Teardown 254

Posted by timothy
from the urge-to-investigate dept.
Dave Knott writes "Just over one week ahead of the launch of the Playstation 4, Wired has posted an article with a full teardown of Sony's new device. In an accompanying video Sony engineering director Yasuhiro Ootori dismantles the PS4 piece by piece, describing each component and showing just what is contained inside the sleek black box."
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A Playstation 4 Teardown

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  • by aristotle-dude (626586) on Thursday November 07, 2013 @01:10PM (#45358445)

    Sure, people who don't care any like the games...

    But surely Sony have left a bad taste in many peoples mouths, with removing promised features, poor security after getting hacked several times, DRM rootkits, propriety crap instead of standards...

    It feels weird to say it, but XBOX is clearly the better platform here.

    Paid shill anyone? Did you forget the Eye of Sauron on the Xbox One? Did you forget how Microsoft initially was not going to allow resale of games? How much does Microsoft pay you? The XBox 360 had a proprietary HD while the PS3 had a standard HD that was end user replaceable.

  • by JoeyRox (2711699) on Thursday November 07, 2013 @01:20PM (#45358597)
    A high-quality and detailed teardown of their own product? I think that's freaking awesome. And smart too - they know the success of the PS4 will depend on the early adopter, hard-core gamer, the type of person who has likely put together a home-grown PC gaming system and who would get excited about exactly this type of video. Well done Sony.
  • Where... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 07, 2013 @01:22PM (#45358613)

    Where is the 'we will screw you later on' module?

    Every sony product has one..

  • can it run linux? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Joe_Dragon (2206452) on Thursday November 07, 2013 @01:27PM (#45358675)

    can it run linux?

  • by Theaetetus (590071) <theaetetus DOT slashdot AT gmail DOT com> on Thursday November 07, 2013 @01:39PM (#45358813) Homepage Journal

    A high-quality and detailed teardown of their own product? I think that's freaking awesome. And smart too - they know the success of the PS4 will depend on the early adopter, hard-core gamer, the type of person who has likely put together a home-grown PC gaming system and who would get excited about exactly this type of video. Well done Sony.

    A detailed teardown was inevitable from someone - probably Ars Technica, for example. And that teardown comes with a review of Sony's architecture and decisions, and the review may not necessarily be entirely favorable. However, this way, the first teardown is accompanied by glowing descriptions of the hardware. Anything later is an also-ran, by definition, and will draw less eyeballs than it would have if it was first. The widest seen review now will be their own. More companies should do this.

  • by stewsters (1406737) on Thursday November 07, 2013 @01:44PM (#45358883)
    Have you played final fantasy 13? Granted the level of video production is unmatched, but the characters are stereotypical and annoying. Its the most linear role-playing game that I have played, and I have played progress quest.
  • by spire3661 (1038968) on Thursday November 07, 2013 @02:52PM (#45359555) Journal
    Xbox is the ONLY device that does this. Its absurd and you are making excuses for it.
  • by VGPowerlord (621254) on Thursday November 07, 2013 @03:19PM (#45359809)

    But surely Sony have left a bad taste in many peoples mouths,

    OK, I'll address these points one by one.

    with removing promised features

    I'll give you this one. Although I'm surprised IBM didn't push them to not include Linux support in the first place since they sold higher-end Cell systems.

    poor security after getting hacked several times

    That's still better than Microsoft whose response to Xbox Live hacks is to pretend they're not happening [mygaming.co.za].

    Oh, and due to your next argument, you also tacitly gave me permission to bring up that Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Internet Explorer are responsible for some of the largest security holes in computing ever.

    DRM rootkits,

    Sony is actually a number of different divisions operating under a single name. In this case, the rootkit was from Sony Music Entertainment and Phillips actually make Sony Music Entertainment stop using the CD designation for discs that had said DRM on it.

    propriety crap instead of standards...

    I can't tell if you're talking about all of Sony or just Sony Computer Entertainment.

    If you're talking about all of Sony, I'm going to remind you that they were involved in the creation of:

    * The cassette tape
    * The 3.5" diskette
    * CDs
    * Blu-Ray

    all of which were standards at one time or another. (Note: DVDs also used the error correcting technology from CDs, but Sony was not involved other than that)

    For just the PS3:

    The PS3's main processor is proprietary... but so was the Xbox 360 CPU (unless you thought a triple-core Power PC was a standard component...), the Wii CPU..., and the WiiU CPU while we're at it.

    Having said that, the PS3 uses the following standards:

    1. 802.11b/g built in to all models. The Xbox 360 originally went with wired networking only and required a $100 addon for WiFi support. It wasn't until the "S" models that they included it in the base system.
    2. Standard 2.5" (aka laptop) SATA hard drive bay. The Xbox 360 uses hard drives with custom firmware instead.
    3. Bluetooth 2.0 for wireless controllers and peripherals. The Xbox 360 uses custom 2.4GHz RF instead.

    Note: I'm intentionally not listing technologies that both systems supported such as USB or video outputs.

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