PlayStation 4, torn down, does not disappoint, says iFixit

Sony's "modern gaming machine" earns a user-friendly score of 8 out of 10 from iFixit for overall repairability.

Sony PlayStation 4 in iFixit teardown
The Sony PlayStation 4, piece by piece by piece. 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 "modern gaming machine," with "its feet firmly rooted in hardware land, and its head off in the cloud." 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.

See also: PS4: Everything you need to know

So what's inside? In addition to the components that have been amply discussed, including 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 higher-capacity hard drive or solid-state drive will need to stay within those confines.

Sony's PlayStation 4 arrived in stores 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.

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.


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