Monday, 14 November 2016 14:34

Sony PlayStation 4 teardown – console wars are not over

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Video games consoles have been receiving mid-life Viagra boosters to support 4K TV, HDR and VR headsets. The latest is the Sony PS4 Pro.

The team at iFixit has torn down the new Sony Playstation 4 Pro – a refreshed version of the PS4, not the teardown of the PS4 Slim it did last month.

The PS4 Pro features: (Sony Australia site here).

  • 8-core AMD "Jaguar" X86-64 CPU, clocked at 2.1 GHz (up from 1.6 GHz)
  • 1GB DDR3 DRAM
  • 4.2 TFLOPS AMD Radeon-based graphics with 8 GB GDDR5 RAM
  • 1 TB removable and upgradeable hard drive storage
  • 802.11 AC dual band, Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI 2.0, 3 x USB 3.0, S/PDIF ports
  • Blu-ray player

Most of the weight in the Pro comes from a beefed up, 289W internal power supply (it was 165W in the 2013 version).

While you should read the teardown in full, here are a few salient points.

  • The 2.5” drive supplied is an HGST, 5400 rpm, 3GBps, SATA II but the controller supports 6Gbps SATA III – an easy upgrade.
  • There is a lot of heat management including a 25W fan and major new heat sinks and pipes – it gets hot, but users report no overheating issues.
  • It is very easy to open, earning it an eight out of ten for repairability

However today Forbes reports that the PS4 Pro is suffering widespread TV connection failure and it is not the original issue of the breakout box not supporting HDR content (although this is an issue that will hold back its use as a 4K Player) but that it is simply not showing images on many 4K TVs.

Purchasers were not amused when Sony posted this on the forum. “The problem is due to some compatibility limitations of some TV models with 4K and HDR content. It advises PS4 Pro owners to contact the manufacturers of their TVs for further assistance about this compatibility limitation.”

So, the responsibility has been deftly pushed back to the TV owners to fix – nothing wrong with the PS4 Pro. FYI it is not happening with the new Xbox One S. Prospective PS4 Pro buyers should investigate this issue and ensure it works with their 4K TV.


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