PlayStation 4 owners can expect their new consoles to be relatively easy to disassemble, reassemble and repair despite the fact that Sony warns against it, according to the recent PlayStation 4 Teardown at iFixit.com.
The thorough analysis from the website rates the PS4 an 8 out of 10 based on repairability, additionally showing that common hardware issues preventing the PS4 from outputting a video signal to the display is likely the cause of a bent or damaged HDMI port on the console.
The PS4 breakdown also gives a closer look at the user-replaceable hard drive which can be replaced "with any off-the shelf drive you like" as long as it is no thicker than 9.5 mm and no smaller than 160 GB.
Deeper into the belly of the PS4 shows the system's power supply is rated at an AC Input of 100 to 240 volts, meaning "you can take your game around the world with your trusty PS4 always at your side" as long as you have a standard power socket adapter. The PS4 motherboard features integrated circuits including:
- SCEI (Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.) CXD90026G SoC (includes AMD "Jaguar" Cores and AMD Radeon Graphics GPU)
- Samsung K4G41325FC-HC03 4 Gb (512 MB) GDDR5 RAM (total of 16 x 512 MB = 8 GB)
- SCEI CXD90025G Secondary/Low Power Processor for Network Tasks
- Samsung K4B2G1646E-BCK0 2Gb DDR3 SDRAM
- Macronix MX25L25635FMI 256Mb Serial Flash Memory
- Marvell 88EC060-NN82 Ethernet Controller
- SCEI 1327KM44S
- Genesys Logic GL3520 USB 3.0 Hub Controller
- Samsung K4G41325FC-HC03 4 Gb (512 MB) GDDR5 RAM
- International Rectifier 35858 N326P IC2X
- Macronix 25L1006E CMOS Serial Flash Memory
- 39A207 1328 E1 3FU
However, despite the ability to tear apart the PS4, Sony warns: "There is a risk of exposure to laser radiation as well as to electrical shock."
Check out the full teardown right here.