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An anonymous reader writes "As all of you surely know by now, the PS3 has just been released in Japan. What you might find interesting, however, is that among those 80 000 happy PS3 owners (or self-appointed resellers) was at least one who decided it was his or her sacred mission to crack this puppy open for a peek inside. About the article, it is in Japanese. Someone who knows enough of this fabled language of wonder well enough would do well to offer some translations, although I don't really suspect that the story is the most important thing here..."
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  • Translation (Score:5, Informative)

    by dada21 ( 163177 ) * <> on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:19PM (#16825232) Homepage Journal
    Ugh. Japanese is annoying, hah.

    November 11th, the Playstation 3 was released.

    People are talking a lot about the quantity initially available, etc, but the product is also gaining attention because of positive features such as the Blue Ray drive and other hardware (CELL?).

    The 60GB hard drive version can be purchased, so you'll see information on it right now.

    First the site will discuss all the basic information of the product, and then go into detail on each section.

    1. The package is heavy.
    2. Here is the list of contents in the package.
    3. Here's a picture of the box open
    4. Here is a list of what comes with the package.
    5. Here's a picture of the back.
    6. Here's a picture of the left.
    7. Here's a picture of the right.
    8. Here's the memory card reader.
    9. You can access the HDD slot.
    10. Here's the 60GB Seagate hard drive.

    When dissassemblnig the product, you lose the manufacturer's warranty.
    The PC Watch editorial staff is not responsible for any damage that my might occur if you take apart your model. It will damage the unit.

    The editors of PC Watch will not answer any questions submitted about taking apart the product.

    More photos:

    1. The warning seal is similar to the PS2
    2. When the seal is peeled off, "VOID" becomes visible.
    3. Under the warning seal is a special screw which must be removed to get the cover off.
    4. When you remove the large screw, the cover can be opened.
    5. The cable which is connected to the cover goes to the memory card reader.
    6. Removing the case shows you the BD drive and power supply.
    7. Look at the power supply. It is a direct 100V power supply. The power supply is small.
    8. The baseplate on the front side of the power supply is likely for separating the wireless networking from the power supply, along with the necessary cables.
    9. When the BD drive, power supply and wireless networking system is removed, you can see the motherboard seal and the heatsink.
    10. The the bottom of the case is removed, you can see the huge cooling fan who is not visible from outside the case.
    11. Difference angle of the cooling fan. There is approximately 16cm of contact area for the fan.
    12. You can see the fins for the heatsink and cooling system.
    13. The cooling fan removed.
    14. The heatsink removed, you can see the cooling piping.
    15. Here's the motherboard top.
    16. Here's the motherboard bottom.
    17. Here are for big chips. The leftmost side is probably for the PS software emulation.
    18. The next chip is the graphics chipset.
    19. Under the seal of the graphics chipset, we see 4 chips.
    20. The graphics memory is made by Samsung
    21. The right most chip is a Sony CXD2973GB.
    22. Not sure what this says, but it is connected with a lot of wires.
    • They forgot to comment on how shiny it is. You know that shiny sells.
      • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 13, 2006 @02:42PM (#16826470)
        "They forgot to comment on how shiny it is. You know that shiny sells."

        Well then, bald men should be leaping off the shelves then.
        • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

          Well, I did read about an old geezer (in his sixties, IIRC) and his wife who managed to get an honorary mention in the Darwin awards - he was (probably) bald or balding and was attempting to jump off the top of the cupboard on top of his wife, who was tied up on the bed... unfortunately, he fell through the top of the cupboard, breaking both legs.

          That would have been an interesting one to tell the grandkids...
    • The summary says, "About the article, it is in Japanese." I heard that in Japanese, it's actually common to form sentences like this. If so, that would be kinda cool. Anyone want to correct me on this?
      • Yes, that's most likely a direct translation out of Japanese. The original would be something like "-wa Nihongo desu". ( stands for the Japanese word for "article", which I'm too lazy to look up.)
      • by DeadCatX2 ( 950953 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @03:43PM (#16827412) Journal
        Japanese uses a topic-comment sentence structure, as opposed to subject-verb-object that we use in English.

        English: I did Sally.

        Japanese: About Sally, I did her.

        Other cool tidbits of info regarding Japanese -

        Verbs always come at the end. Like Yoda-speak.

        Since verbs always come at the end, they use single syllables called particles (I think) to denote what is the subject, what is the object, etc, since those (subject/object/etc) can go anywhere in the sentence. They also use a particle for topic, which is why it's so central to their grammar.

        In fact, the central focus of topic means that Japanese can quite often drop things that are sufficiently in context, even to the point that the sentence consists only of a single verb. This is similar to the following scenario -

        Me: Did you go to Tokyo this summer?
        You: Went.

        Their language also only has a bit over 100 different sounds, and the syllable structure is almost always open-ended (i.e. ends with a vowel). Seriously, check it out - all Japanese words end in either a vowel or the letter n. They're also missing a few letters we have (like l and v - ask someone who speaks Japanese natively to say the word "love" hehe)
        • by sjf ( 3790 )
          My boss used to send out emails saying simply "Take Friday off."
          I thought he was just the best boss ever, until I realised what he meant was "I'm taking Friday off."
          Now he's just a great boss...if he's reading this...
        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by uhmmmm ( 512629 )
          And actually, by tacking parts of the sentence on as an afterthought, it's possible to move the verb away from the end of the sentence too. This is very common, especially in casual speech.

          And although it's a newer creation, Japanese does have a 'v' sound. It's not used by any native Japanese words, and most foreign words that have made it into the language came in long enough ago that they still approximate the 'v' with a 'b'.

          Japanese particles aren't necessarily a syllable. Japanese words are measured
          • Every time I make a comment about the Japanese language on slashdot, I learn something new. Thanks!
          • by Agelmar ( 205181 ) *
            For those who are wondering when a Japanese person might try to say the letter "V" - they actually do try (in advertisements), for example, to say "DVD"... unfortunately it seems to come out as "Dee We Dee" (as in "we want to by a wii" pronunciation of we.)

            "Video" on the other hand is simply said "bideo".
    • by fbjon ( 692006 )
      A few minor clarifications, if I may humbly:

      11. The 16cm (about) is the diameter for the fan, not contact area
      17. "[...]. The one to the left says EE+GS. I think it's for running PS2 software"
      21. "The one to the top right is a Sony-made controller: CXD2973GB"
      22. "To the bottom right is the CELL. It's number is CXD2964GB, printed on it. It's connected with very thick trace patterns to the RSX"

    • 1. The warning seal is similar to the PS2
      2. When the seal is peeled off, "VOID" becomes visible.
      3. Under the warning seal is a special screw which must be removed to get the cover off.
      4. When you remove the large screw, the cover can be opened.

      a. These warning seals are comprised of two stickers, one with a stronger bond than the other.
      b. Heat up sticker with hair dryer and take Exacto knife (any thin, very sharp knife will do) and carefully slide it between PS3 and bottom of the sticker. Work it arou

  • by aardwolf64 ( 160070 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:19PM (#16825244) Homepage
    I read the headline to the story, and then saw the pictures of the PS3. That thing looks like a flatbed scanner! Opened for Pictures indeed...
  • I am used (Score:5, Funny)

    by cucucu ( 953756 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:20PM (#16825248)
    I am used to surfing sites where the pictures are the important thing
  • ps3 (Score:2, Insightful)

    by operato ( 782224 )
    the ps3 is so beautiful inside. it makes me want to... i find it quite scary to have the ps2 on a chip. technology moves wayyy too fast and i can't find my tin foil hat!
    • by Amouth ( 879122 )
      I will agree with the first point.. but i don't like consols.. BUT i will say that board layout almost looks like a work of art instead of something designed for functions.

      might have to wait a while say about jsut over a year and see if i can buy a dead one on ebay for nothing so i can hang it on my wall
      • Re: (Score:2, Offtopic)

        by SydShamino ( 547793 )
        I've always considered my PCB designs to be works of art. In some designs especially, the trace organization screams for symmetry and flow. The walls of my cube are covered in my board layouts, and I have some at home as well.

        Incidentally, I can usually beat a frequency target by 2X or more, without specific RF design considerations. I consider this a side of effect of "beautiful" board design - performance derives from form.

        This is one reason why, whenever I can justify it, I do my own layouts instead o
  • Translated page (Score:4, Informative)

    by SgtPepperKSU ( 905229 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:21PM (#16825274)
    • by alohatiger ( 313873 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:51PM (#16825708) Homepage
      Google translation: "Memory card leader"

      Is that some kind of ethnic humor?!
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward
        No, it's because the text 'memory card reader' was actually English written in Katakana, the phonetic Japanese script used for foreign words. In Japanese, there really is no real distinction between the sounds 'ri' and 'li' (the pronounced sound is actually somewhere between the two). Google just translated it phonetically and had two possible choices for 'rida' namely 'leader' or 'reader'. There's nothing racist (or should it be phonetisist?) in that.
        It's a simple and common phenomena that
        • >>Similarly, Americans never seem to be able to say Edinburgh or Gloucester correctly.

          Part of that is because we Americans have places like Edinboro [] and Glouster [], which are at least closer phonetically to the way they're spelled in English. (Corruptions? Probably. But it's what we're accustomed to.) On the other hand...we (obviously) have a state named Nevada. Well, here in Ohio, there is also a town named Nevada []. And the locals pronounce it Nuh-vae-duh. Drives me crazy.

          If you're not familiar already
    • by MagicM ( 85041 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @02:02PM (#16825874)
      "The HDD slot can access the user"

      Made in Russia?
    • Oh yeeeeeahh!! That is soooo Engrish! I can only recommend
  • by Skaber ( 1017606 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:22PM (#16825282) Homepage
    View [] to see japaneses opening a PS3 with nothing more than a screwdriver !
  • eBay (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    In other news, they sell on eBay for $1400-1600 [].

    So those are some pretty expensive pictures you're Slashdotting :-)
  • The top states that they got a ps3 and really wanted to look inside. The big red box states that opening your ps3 will void the warranty, they will not answer any questions about doing so, and you won't be able to return it to the shop if you open it.
  • PS3 (Score:3, Interesting)

    by blackmonday ( 607916 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:29PM (#16825394) Homepage
    I found in interesting that PS3 has compact flash and SD card slots, in addition to memory stick. Pretty cool I guess, but I would have only expected Sony's proprietary (and not that expensive anymore) memory stick.

    Am I the only one on Slashdot who thinks PS3 will eventually be a huge hit? Look forward 4 years down the line, and I think this console has better chances than Xbox 360 or the Wii (which I have pre-ordered). I'm sure the 360 will eventually have HD-DVD built in BTW.

    • The question is what can you do with these slots.

      I mean, I have Nokia 5510 with 64MB Flash and USB interface.But you can use that flash only for mp3s for the mp3 player, and the usb only for uploading the mp3s. to do things like syncing addressbooks, uploading ringtones or logos, downloading/uploading SMS and so on you need to use a proprietary plug that goes under the battery, costs arm and leg and is available almost strictly to servicemen.

      Quite likely you won't be able to do anything other than view phot
      • by rbanffy ( 584143 )
        Chances are your phone was crippled by your cell-phone company. Most phones are friendlier.
        • nope. Read some on 5510 design. It was horrible. They took a decent small phone - Nokia 3310, loaded it into bulky box and started adding "features" that have little/no connection between each other. There's a qwerty keyboard but no notepad-like app. There is voice recognition but no audio recording. There is the mp3 player with 64M flash, with no connection to the rest of the system of the phone and a horrible upload app for the PC. Same about the FM radio, it's in the same box but no other functions. Gene
      • It's just mass storage, from what I've read the PS3 can read any file from the card and also write to the card (for transporting things like game saves).
    • Personally, I believe that if Sony is still performing reasonably well in Q4 2008 they will be able to dominate the market; but that is a big if.

      Over the next 24 months Nintendo and Microsoft have an opportunity to build a lead in system sales, and use that lead to take development away from the PS3. If Nintendo and Microsoft are successful, the PS3 will be approaching a reasonable price (for most users) but will have so little content that it will not become a popular product, if they're unsuccessful the P
    • Re:PS3 (Score:4, Funny)

      by grommit ( 97148 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @02:08PM (#16825958)
      Report to Zonk for re-education mister! Sony is an evil company and the PS3 is going to be a total failure and Zonk will make sure of that.

      I can see the Slashdot offices later on today...

      Zonk: Hey Hemos, I saw that PS3 submission you put up earlier today, about opening the case.
      Hemos: Yeah, I thought it was pretty cool that it can be opened so easily and the hard drive upgraded.
      Zonk: Yeah... about that...
      Hemos: Hmm?
      Zonk: *bashes Hemos' head in with a Swingline stapler*
      Hemos: Grngh!
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Rayonic ( 462789 )
      Am I the only one on Slashdot who thinks PS3 will eventually be a huge hit? Look forward 4 years down the line, and I think this console has better chances than Xbox 360 or the Wii (which I have pre-ordered).

      If it takes 4 years for the PS3 to catch on, all the developers will have abandoned it by then. Hell, I'm not sure it can survive a single dead year without losing this generation.
    • by Guppy06 ( 410832 )
      "Am I the only one on Slashdot who thinks PS3 will eventually be a huge hit?"

      After seeing Zonk drink the Kool-Aid yesterday, I think that, with the arrival of the PS3 and (in a few hours) the Wii, the time for discussing and forecasting is over. The constant debate over who's going to win isn't all that interesting any more now that the polling places are open and the ballots are being cast.

      Bring the subject up again in a year, but before then there's just going to be too much noise to get a decent signal
  • by johnlcallaway ( 165670 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:30PM (#16825412) the hell are you supposed to stack anything on top of it?? Why can't engineers make something that is pretty AND functional. Including enough space for front-to-back air movement.

    Oh ... I understand. Marketing got involved.
    • Marketing: Let's make it neat.
    • Engineer: But that takes up too much space.
    • Marketing: But it's cool.
    • Engineer: But it still takes up too much space.
    • Marketing: To late, it's already in production
    • by abradsn ( 542213 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:49PM (#16825678) Homepage
      Engineering: I don't like pretty or neat stuff.
      Marketing: Do you like to get money?
      Engineering: Do whatever it takes, I'll make it work.
      Marketing: Okay, Thanks.
    • the hell are you supposed to stack anything on top of it?? Why can't engineers make something that is pretty AND functional. Including enough space for front-to-back air movement.

      It's not the engineers job. That is the designers job. Designers work on aesthetics and engineers work making sure that the designers idea is feasible.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by DrSkwid ( 118965 )
      Marketing : can't we make it fit in with otu hi-fi range and make it stackable.
      Engineer : It overheats when you stack it, better make it unstackable.

    • Marketing: But it's cool.

      I heard that it's anything but cool...
    • by ErMaC ( 131019 ) the hell are you supposed to stack anything on top of it??

      Cause, y'know, stacking things on top of a massive-heat-producing electronics device which is probably sitting in a poorly insulated stereo cabinet or on the carpet is a great idea!
    • There's a possibility you're not supposed to stack things on top of it. Cooling is only one of the reasons. For example, my previous laptop (a Toshiba Satellite) had a weird indentation on the outside of the lid/screen. There was an explanation that it is there to discourage use as a writing pad, to reduce potential for damage. It's kind of patronizing, but in the end it works, and besides it maintains a nicer look over time.

      Speaking of looks, you shouldn't underestimate the importance of nice design in

    • by MWoody ( 222806 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @04:53PM (#16828462)
      On the contrary, the rounded-top console is a lesson Nintendo learned years ago with the original NES. When designing the American version of the Super NES, they purposefully made the top curvy to prevent people from setting their drinks on it, spilled beverages accounting for a relatively large number of service requests for the boxy 8-bit system. This same design philosophy also dictated the unusual shape of the top-loading NES. You'll notice that the 'cube follows this tradition somewhat (yeah, the top is flat, but if you put stuff there you can't get to the buttons/game) and I suppose the Wii does, too, though I'm unsure if it can be oriented horizontally based on the pics of the system I've seen. Combine that with the more modern concern of heat production that other posters have mentioned, and the curved-top design is one of the few things we can't really fault Sony on this round.
  • Thanks! (Score:5, Funny)

    by blackmonday ( 607916 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:31PM (#16825420) Homepage
    Hey, thanks for the circuit board pics. I just figured out where to solder the modchip!

  • English Takeapart (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:31PM (#16825430)
    There's already takeaparts of the US version, in english. []

  • The Google Translation [] of this page is surprisingly easy to understand.
  • by StewedSquirrel ( 574170 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:36PM (#16825512)
    How do you say slashdotted in Japanese?

  • by thatguywhoiam ( 524290 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:43PM (#16825608)
    ... for interested linux people: check this out. [] Just a teaser, but looks promising.

    PLAYSTATION®3 allows any desired third-party system software to be installed on it besides its system software provided by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Details will be posted on this site soon.

    Interesting, no? Add that to the fact that there are 3rd party memory cards supported, and no wacky media formats in the PS3's OS (its all MP3/AAC/MPEG2/MPEG4), and makes one hope, distantly, that Sony may be changing their ways...

    • by Optic7 ( 688717 )
      Interesting. It looks like they might be serious about making the PS3 into a general computing device. It's still a little expensive to really be useful, but maybe in a few years when the price comes down and we find out what kind of performance you can get in general computing tasks (maybe running linux?), it could be cool.
      • Interesting. It looks like they might be serious about making the PS3 into a general computing device. It's still a little expensive to really be useful, but maybe in a few years when the price comes down and we find out what kind of performance you can get in general computing tasks (maybe running linux?), it could be cool.

        Yeah, that was my impression also. I think it will probably be iffy on general computing tasks because of the in-order processing, but for some wizzy media processing - assuming we can

    • Yes yes, we all know it runs Linux, it was announced ages ago, the actual distro was announced last month.

      Kai Staats of Terra Soft, that makes the Yellow Dog Linux distro for PS3 has stated that he's using the PS3 as his primary computer/

    • that Sony may be changing their ways...
      Actually they've been like this for some time. I would call it changing their ways, it's more like a multiple personality disorder.
  • by 88NoSoup4U88 ( 721233 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:50PM (#16825690)
    Found this blog article [] (from a few days ago), which seems to have about the same pics and a translation.
  • Hey, I'm impressed by the smallness of the heatsink. I thought four chipsof this oomph would need a big heatsink. That's not bad at all. Someone who has one: How hot is the chassis when it's running?
    • Look again; that heatsink is huge. It's at least 25% of the volume of the PS3, with a 160mm blower fan in the center.
  • by level4 ( 1002199 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:54PM (#16825752)
    It seems that Sony is not content with forcing hundreds of foreigners to wait in line, in the cold rain, just to earn a few dollars for food .. now it's taunting disappointed fans worldwide by pulling apart a perfectly good PS3, taking pictures of its wrecked insides, and just posting it on the web to get page views. Is this sickening snuff photography par for the course in this godless age, and will the degenerate hoots of paedophile basement-dwellers clicking furiously from one voyeuristic desecration to the next drown out the heart-wrenching sobs of the child you know whose Christmas dreams have been forever ruined because of this soulless, wretched visual excursion into the depths of Sony's capitalist depravity?"
    Looks like the PS3's actual value is about $1.50 in plastic and metal. Nicely done.
    • :-(

      I'm pretty sure Zonk would come up with something bad to say if it turned out that all the PS3 proceeds went towards buying orphans puppies.
    • Love the parting shot.
    • Looks like the PS3's actual value is about $1.50 in plastic and metal. Nicely done.

      People always bring this sort of thing up, but the value of the raw materials is almost never closely related to the actual production cost OR the retail cost. There is, for example design and manufacturing costs involved.

      And, to some people "profit" is not a dirty word...

  • by blueZhift ( 652272 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @01:59PM (#16825844) Homepage Journal
    I guess it's not really real until someone takes it apart! Now I believe!
  • For great justice, open up every game console!
  • My submission yesterday had video [], too. And a disturbing link with a horror movie... :)
  • The web site is /.ed so here's a summary:

    The PS3 contains a board with the word 'Sony' printed on it. All over this board (and through it) are metal tracks connecting bits called 'components'. Many of these components are black squares known as 'chips'. Some of these chips are bigger than the others. Among these are the 'CPU' and the specialized 'graphics chips'. There are some other components like little itty bitty cannisters called 'capacitors' and teeny-weeny rectangles with metal ends called 'surface

  • It is nice to see PS3. And we all know the games will look nice.

    But will it cook you breakfast at the same time? Scrambled Eggs is good.
  • You mean 40,000 happy customers, 40,000 happy eBay sellers and 40,000 happy, although poorer, eBay purchasers.
  • Emulators? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Dan East ( 318230 ) on Monday November 13, 2006 @03:06PM (#16826846) Journal
    What I really want to know if any software PS3 emulators are out yet. I'd like to try this thing out on my Inspiron 6000 to see what all the hoopla is about. Sure, it might have to skip a frame every now and then, but I can live with that.

    Dan East
  • Not that I'm bitter or anything but my (much better) writeup/submission of the same thing yesterday included a link
    to the ENTIRE photo set of SEVENTY-ONE images. (including a size comparison of the PS3 fan to a BD disc) 3%20Disemboweled/?start=all []
  • Where are the prepared sockets to solder the modchip?
  • I predict a field failure rate in excess of 5% due to heat issues. Mostly the direct result of vent blockage.

    I predict substantial customer feedback along the lines of "This fan, why so loud?"

    I predict at least one front page story involving a whole unit spontaneously erupting in fire.
    • Feedback on the fans is that they are very quiet.

      That's part of the reason for a larger case no doubt, to allow for better airflow and heat transfer.
  • I guess this is as good a time as any to ask what happend to the 3 ethernet ports, 100 usb ports and the 15 HDMI ports?

    How am I gonna play with only 1 HDMI PORT??? WHY GOD WHY!?!?!

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