Sony Playstation 4 (PS4) Teardown and Disassembly

Subject: General Tech, Systems | November 15, 2013 - 02:42 PM |
Tagged: video, teardown, ps4, playstation 4, APU, amd

Last night Ken and I headed over the local Best Buy to pick up my preorder of the new Playstation 4.  What would any hardware geek immediately do with this hardware?  Obviously we take a screwdriver to it and take it apart.

In this video, which is a recording of our live stream that started last night at 12:30am EST, you'll see us unbox the PS4, turn it on, take it apart and put it back together.  And I only had to fix one piece with gaffers tape, so there's that.

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(We'll have a collection of high-resolution photos later today as well.)

Though they are out of stock, appears to be getting more PS4s in stock pretty regularly, so keep an eye out if you are interested in picking one up still.

Happy Friday!


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November 15, 2013 | 03:28 PM - Posted by Bill (not verified)

Gaffers tape? I wasn't aware Kentucky is now in the UK.

November 16, 2013 | 10:25 AM - Posted by mLocke


November 16, 2013 | 01:49 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

That Gaffers tape is going to cause a fire, it's cloth backed and will attract and hold moisture, gaffers tape is great for its intended purpose, temporary securing cable to the stage floor, and such, while leaving almost no stickey residue when removed! It is not ment for taping bare electrical wire, or for long term securing of electrical/control cable looms, and other long term securing! An as far as the Gaffers name for this tape being UK only, the term orginated in the UK, thay did have theaters there before there was a Kentucky or a US of A, but everywhere there is a theater, TV, motionpitcure production, or tradeshow(very little use), there will be Gaffers tape!

November 15, 2013 | 04:35 PM - Posted by razor512

when identifying IC's with very hard to read lettering, it is always easier to simply take a picture of it. if you get the lighting angle just right, the lettering will be highly readable.

For example, this harder to read IC (mainly due to crappy ink or etching) is readable in this shot where a small flashlight was used as the light source.

November 16, 2013 | 07:51 AM - Posted by JohnGR (not verified)

Thanks for the teardown. Very very interesting.

One suggestion. How about next time taking the thermal paste and applying it on a cpu and running a couple tests to see how it do against a couple other thermal pastes that are sold for PCs? PS4 is a PC after all, so maybe a better thermal paste could help is cases someone lives in a very warm place.

November 16, 2013 | 10:19 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

is the power supply multi current ? like 110-240v

November 17, 2013 | 12:35 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What's the point iFixit already did it. Save your PS4 and play it!

November 18, 2013 | 01:46 AM - Posted by mLocke

iFixit does not put things back together when they do a teardown. Nearly all their teardowns involve sacrificing the hardware in the name of chip investigation.

Yeah that's not coming back.

At least now everyone knows that PS4 is hardware limited to HDMI 1.4 and will never support 4k@60hz signal.

November 19, 2013 | 09:02 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


"(We'll have a collection of high-resolution photos later today as well.)"

Where? thx!!

November 22, 2013 | 07:09 PM - Posted by Hunter926 (not verified)

Hey, quick question, could you tell what speed the sata controller runs at? (eg. SATA 1,2,3?)
I can't find any images that are readable. And I'm not quite sure where it's at on the board.

Thank you in advance


March 12, 2014 | 04:45 AM - Posted by Soos (not verified)

Can we use a US PS4 console on 220-240v power supply? Even it says 120v? thanks.

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