PlayStation 4 Teardown



Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

After seven long years, the Sony PlayStation finally gets a 4 on the box. Join iFixit as we tear it open and see what changed—and if it was worth the wait. We flew out to meet our partners-in-awesome, Chipworks, and snagged one of the first North American consoles for a tag-team teardown.

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  • We'd like to send out a big thank you to our friends at Chipworks for hosting our remote teardown of the newest Sony Play-device, the Play-Doh.

    • Available in every color combination

    • Infinitely upgradeable, easily modified

    • Perfect for lighting tests

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  • No, but really, we're tearing down the PlayStation 4. Bits we expect to find include:

    • 8-core AMD “Jaguar” x86-64 CPU

    • 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon Graphics Core Next Engine GPU

    • 8 GB GDDR5 RAM

    • 500 GB removable and upgradable hard drive storage

    • 802.11 b/g/n Wireless and Bluetooth 2.1

    • USB 3.0 + Ethernet 10/100/1000

    • 1.21 Gigawatt Flux Capacitor (okay, this one is more along the lines of a request than an actual expectation)

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  • What kind of hardware has a 7-year gestation? We can hardly open the box fast enough. The first peek reveals:

    • Another box. Moving on.

    • PS4 console (if this is missing from your box, please contact your Sony Computer Entertainment representative)

    • DualShock 4 controller

    • Power cable

    • HDMI cable

    • Micro-USB cable

    • Mono headset with mic, switch, and shirt clip

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  • Here at iFixit, we're stalwart opponents of the black box mentality. What goes on inside consumer electronics should not be an incomprehensible (nor non-repairable) mystery.

    • That being said, we must concede that the PS4 is one darn good looking black box.

  • Seven years of design innovation bring the PS4 a distinctly more geometric body, an indicator light bar, and more subtle logo labeling than last time round.

  • We also find:

    • Slot-loading Blu-ray/DVD disc drive

    • Two powered USB 3.0 ports

    • Some fine print touting the PlayStation's pals—HDMI, DTS, Dolby, and Blu-ray.

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  • Now that you've unboxed your shiny new monolith, you'll be wanting to connect it to something. 'Round back, Sony supplies some portage:

    • Power inlet

    • Digital optical audio out

    • HDMI

    • Ethernet

    • Proprietary auxiliary port for connecting external devices, such as the PlayStation Camera

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  • Reports have been trickling in around the internet about some PlayStation 4s malfunctioning.

  • One such hardware problem, as noted by Kotaku, prevents the PS4 from outputting a video signal to the display.

  • According to Kotaku, it seems a "piece of metal in the system's HDMI port was supposed to have been flush with the bottom of the port but instead had been bent upward, obstructing some of the pins in the port."

  • This "obstructing piece of metal…had actually knocked some of the 'teeth' out of the HDMI wire—the one bundled with that PS4."

  • TL;DR—If your PS4 is having issues outputting video, make sure the HDMI port isn't bent or damaged.

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  • We're happy to see Sony give power to the people with the PS4's hard drive: it's user-replaceable.

  • We'll have a detailed guide shortly for those intrepid gamers who fancy a bigger drive or a zippy SSD—but for now, rest easy knowing all that stands between you and hard drive nirvana is a plastic cover and some screws.

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  • Out comes the 5400 RPM, 500 GB, SATA II mechanical hard drive, provided by HGST (a Western Digital subsidiary).

  • With just a single screw securing the caddy, replacing this drive is easy-peasy.

  • Not only is this hard drive user-replaceable, but it's a standard 2.5" (a.k.a. laptop-sized) SATA drive, meaning you can replace or upgrade your storage with any off-the-shelf drive you like, so long as it meets these standards: no thicker than 9.5 mm, and no smaller than 160 GB. Users rejoice!

  • But this is a bittersweet expansion win; the PS4 will not support external USB storage, drastically limiting the console's usefulness as a media center.

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  • Digging deeper demands we dispose of some dastardly stickers. Paying no mind to their menacing anti-repair messages, we quickly discard them with the help of our trusty tweezers

  • …only to be confronted with some mildly devious Security Torx screws.

  • Lucky for us, specialty screws ain't no thang, as we bust out our Pro Tech Screwdriver Set.

  • While we're happy this isn't a stick-up (of the adhesive type), this mischief won't go unnoticed when it comes time to assign a repairability score.

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  • We interrupt this teardown to bring you a special news bulletin:

  • The dreaded anti-repair Empire has issued some propaganda against your rights to disassemble, modify, hack, improve, individualize, and do-whatever-the-bleep-you-want-because-it's-your-device.

  • It's a trap! This propaganda claims to be green, but we have doubts about just how recyclable this device is.

  • We want you—to rise up and revolt! Repair is the future. It is your right. Raise your manifesto high, and join the Repair Allliance!

  • And now back to your regularly scheduled program…

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  • Happily ignoring our user manual's edict, we move right along…

  • …and remove the four T9 Security Torx screws, allowing us to pop the hood on the fourth generation model of the Sony PlayStation. Our eyes widen as we wait for a first look at what makes this beauty purr.

    • And yet, we're seeing nothing but tightly packed feelings of nostalgia. Just look how things have changed.

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  • In Sony's self-made PlayStation 4 teardown, Director of Engineering Yasuhiro Ootori gave us a look at the custom-designed, 85 mm diameter, centrifugal fan:

    • "The volume of air and the generated pressure, as well as the direction of airflow, are all part of the exclusive PS4 design."

  • In this exclusive video, our Chief Information Architect, Miroslav Djuric, presents his own take on this marvel of engineering.

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  • Our remote-controlled teardown engineer unscrews and pops out some nifty retaining brackets…

  • …whilst enjoying a much-deserved, and distinctly Canadian, snack with our pals at Chipworks.

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  • Brackets and donuts dispatched, we turn our attention to freeing the power supply.

  • No brick to trip over on your power cable— this power supply is still nestled right inside the case.

  • The power supply is rated at an AC Input of 100-240 volts. This means you can take your game around the world with your trusty PS4 always at your side; just remember to bring your power socket adapters.

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  • You haven't escaped this teardown, yet, power supply. Time to divulge your juicy secrets.

  • Ridding the power supply of its housing reveals just what we expected: big capacitors, none of which gave the flux we were looking for.

    • It looks like this power supply is only moving forward in time. (sigh)

  • Now that the power supply has been removed, you can finally clean your fan.

  • Having an internal power supply means that the PS4 will need to keep its cool—making fan cleaning important maintenance.

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  • The Blu-ray/DVD drive is our next target, held in place by a couple screws.

  • Unfortunately, the PS4 is NOT backward-compatible with PS3, PS2 or PS1 games. This drive may spin your old discs, but it won't play them.

    • Oddly enough, it won't play music CDs, either, although this appears to be a mere software limitation that Sony plans to fix in a later update.

  • But who needs an optical drive at all anymore, now that we've harnessed the power of the cloud?

  • That being the case, Sony plans to launch a game-streaming service in 2014 powered by Gaikai tech, which will let you play PS3 games on a PS4. All the processing will be done ‘in the cloud’ by Sony’s servers, with just the video transmitted to your actual console.

  • That's all well and good, but let's get down to what we really care about: Can we play Crash Bandicoot?

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  • This is the story of an optical drive and his board... Join them on a journey of discovery, to find out just what they're made of.

  • We found a few ICs on the optical drive board:

    • Renesas SCEI RJ832841FP1

    • Mitsumi 312 3536A

    • ROHM BD7763EFV 325 T62 Motor Driver IC

    • STM8ED 9H A07 VG MYS 331Z

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  • In a race for the motherboard, we tear through a few screws securing the PS4's body.

    • We're peeling off panels like we're remodeling a vintage 1960s den.

  • We're so close; we can almost taste the chips (secretly, we're hoping they're Fully Loaded Baked Potato flavor).

    • Soon, motherboard, soon.

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  • At long last, we get to crack open that glorious briefcase of brainpower and withdraw our treasure.

  • Unlike the motherboards we see in ever-slimming handheld devices, the PS4's motherboard flaunts uncluttered, rolling, green plains of fiberglass.

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  • Fields of fresh ICs ripe for the picking!

    • 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 8 x 512 MB = 4 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

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  • They say the ICs are always greener on the other side...

    • Genesys Logic GL3520 USB 3.0 Hub Controller

    • Samsung K4G41325FC-HC03 4 Gb (512 MB) GDDR5 RAM (total of 8 x 512 MB = 4 GB)

    • International Rectifier 35858 N326P IC2X

    • Macronix 25L1006E CMOS Serial Flash Memory

    • 39A207 1328 E1 3FU

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  • What's that behind door number one, you ask?

    • Panasonic MN86471A HDMI Communication LSI

  • And door number two?

    • Marvell Wireless Avastar 88W8797 7 Integrated 2x2 WLAN/Bluetooth/FM Single-Chip SoC

    • Skyworks 2614B 315BB

  • These images are courtesy of Chipworks. Thanks guys!

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  • The case is starting to look sparse as we evacuate the EMI shielding.

  • Determined to stay connected, the heat sink clung to the EMI shielding for dear life. It would not come apart.

    • Believe us. We tried. It fought back.

    • Band-aids don't make for the prettiest of teardown photos, but we wear our repair scars with pride!

    • Our honorable teardown martyr commented, "This EMI shield is great, as in cheese grater."

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  • At long last, the PS4's biggest fan!

    • Okay, yes, that was a bad pun. But it is a pretty great fan. Look at those curves.

  • Beauty is one thing, but this fan's also got function: it's designed to run smarter and quieter than the old PS3's wheezy windmill, spooling up and down gradually to keep the decibel count low.

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  • Every self-respecting new device needs its own scandalgate. So as we near the end of our PS4 disassembly, we'll take a moment to share our own confirmation of wobblegate.

  • The confirmation: Yes, it wobbles if you push on it.

  • The solution: Don't push on it.

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  • Teardown finally complete, we throw the pieces down on the table in victory.

  • And then neaten up the pile a bit, because our Moms are watching.

    • Hi, Mom!

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  • Sony PlayStation 4 Repairability Score: 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair):

  • No adhesive makes disassembly and reassembly easy.

  • The non-proprietary hard drive is easy to access and replace, and replacing it will not void your warranty.

  • Security screws and tamper-evident seals discourage users from disassembling and repairing their PS4.

  • You'll need to disassemble quite a bit of the device to access the fan for cleaning, and even more for replacement.

  • The sharp mid-plane could cause some damage to your fingers if you're not careful during disassembly.

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extra 256mB DDR3 chip eh? strange design. sat normally everything is upside down in the case.. and the way it sucks air through the power supply, then through the heatsink and up into the case.. guess the hot air blows out of the front? or is there something on the other side of the bottom cover to guide it towards the back? also saw that replaceable cr2032 battery... that will be dead in 4 years and I don't think anyone's gonna be replacing it.. wonder why they didn't stick in a rechargeable one like the dreamcast. or make it a user changeable one like the wii/wii u

King, · Reply

Traditionally, blower fans blow air out of a system (hence the name). So no, it isn't drawing air in through the PSU, that wouldn't make much sense.

Also, I've seen plenty of 10+ year old systems with BIOS batteries that are still fine, so I've no idea where you've got that 4 year life from.


Figuring out the airflow of the PS4 is like doing origami. The air comes in from the top of the back and goes out the bottom of the back. There is a aluminum-mobo-aluminum sandwich about a half inch thick in between.

The air come in through the top slots, over and through the bottom of the sandwich as the mobo is upside down. The air cools the sheet, cools the memory chips by little dimples on the sheet and then is sucked through the sandwich by many small holes in the sheet metal and then through the mobo- yes, there are airholes strategically placed on the the mobo! Look by the battery for most of them that are directly over the fan intake.

Now the air comes to the fan intake via those small holes and a couple of vents over the hard drive. The cutouts over the fan intake are particularly strange, square holes, small round holes, L shaped holes. From there it is out the fan across the top sheet, then the CPU/GPU heatsink, again with memory dimples, and out through the hot parts of the power supply.

John Pombrio,

You may be right John - from the blower design I'd assumed there were vents on the bottom, but there don't appear to be, at least from the unboxing videos I've seen. Having the intake and exhaust right next to each other is traditionally a no-no for cooling, off the top of my head I can't think of any other piece of consumer electronics that does it like this.


the dreamcast DID have a cr2032, in both the console AND the VMU's

ducky wilson,

Can you tell us if the power supply is multivoltage.


Luis Antunes, · Reply

can i use ps4 with vga port lcd tv ? (just with cable,no converter)

Ulas Bulut Ezberci, · Reply

HDMI doesn't support VGA signals, so you're going to have to convert it.


Any determination on sata 2 vs sata 3?

Phillip Auge, · Reply

This is I want to know also...

David Hairston,

I see that sony are still leaving massive gaps down the side of the Heatsink which does nothing for airflow efficiency. Some models of the ps3 slim were like this and I did an experiment with a jailbroken one so I could see the temps, with the gap blocked off I got a decent drop in temps.

danguy2009, · Reply

The PS4 is supposed to have 8 gb of GDDr5 not 4. Where is the other 4gB?

Alexis, · Reply

4G is the density of the RAM. Desnity is in bits and not bytes, so 4G bits per chip = 512MB.

There are 8 chips on the top of the board and 8 on the bottom making a total of 16 giving 8GB of GDDR5 RAM.

For an explanation of part number see

Suraj Subramanian,

They wrote 8 x 512MB = 4GB, wrong math

Alexis, · Reply

Yes but it has 4 GB of RAM on both sides of the motherboard. 2 x 4 x 512 MB = 8092 MB (8 GB) of RAM.

Mika Aleksi,

This is a great picture guide on how to tear it down. I havent seen many places helping find the best hard drive until I found this guide here - there are 5-6 hard drives that work with the PS4 that have high reviews

psguy, · Reply

I wonder what the weight tolerances are if someone would press on the top of the console and possibly damage the fan. I wonder if that is what causes most blue light flashing issues? Any way someone could test that?

Jeremy White, · Reply

Can we please get a Dual Shock 4 controller tear down, and a Playstation Camera teardown?

mrz7gm, · Reply

SONY does away with ALL conventional ways of pulling heat from the console chips. The first is that the CPU/GPU is facing DOWN towards the bottom of the console. The next is that the heatsink is NOT touching the CPU/GPU chip directly and is also facing down in the case. The high speed graphics chips need to be cooled and it is done by dimpling the two sheet metal panels, 16 dimples in all. The ONLY means by which these SEVENTEEN contacts are made is by some sticky stuff on the graphics chips, thermal paste, and TWO SCREWS. Two screws mounted diagonally from each other and the holes can been seen in the mobo. Give this thermal sheet metal sandwich a good twist, squeeze, or bump and some of these 17 contacts are going to be bent, squeezed, or separated. Any non or poor contact will cause the board to measure overheating, stopping the console.

SONY took a big risk in trying to innovate here and it may be the cause of many of the consoles problems. That and Mylar connectors ( I hate Mylar connectors!)

John Pombrio, · Reply

Uh, you might want to take another look at the teardown pictures. Step 23 very clearly shows the underside of the heatsink plate, along with the thermal paste. As with the Xbox One (and other AMD APUs), the GPU is on the chip, so is cooled by the same cooler. As for your concern over only 2 screws being used to secure the cooler, that's really not going to be an issue for a heatpipe-based cooler like this. Massive, heavy copper heaksinks (like some Zalman ones) are secured with similar 2 screw brackets in PCs without any problems.

For me, the real concerns are that the fan draws air in from underneath the console - I wonder how many of these will end up being used while on carpets, and how much dust will end up getting sucked up. Also, that radiator looks awfully small when compared to the one the Xbox has; that either means more airflow is needed (so potentially noisier) or coping with higher temperatures.


Right is the the other poster and wrong am I! The heatsink not only has a cutout for it AND is held down by the two screws but it also has a bump out that makes better contact with the ALU. I am still trying to wrap my head around a screw that goes through a aluminum sheet, the motherboard, another aluminum sheet and into the heatsink is going to prevent the sheets from moving or bending. I would have to play with it to figure that out. Still, not a single chip gets blown on by the fan on the mobo as they are encased in that very thin sandwich.

John Pombrio,

I find it interesting that it looks like AMD is going back to a (sort of) shim for both the PS4 and Xbox APUs rather than the heat spreader used on current desktop chips. Was this something specified by MS/Sony I wonder, or something AMD decided? Does it result in better heat transfer?

xtcrefugee, · Reply

Can you confirm if the European PS4 has a power brick 100v-240v as well? Pls, I need this information!

ThiagoSpiegel, · Reply

Hi any idea, if Blu-ray/DVD drive can play European games, and blu ray movies?

Planning to send one out of state.


Diego, · Reply

Where abouts are the light emitting diodes on the ps4? I assume they are Smds on the motherboard, but can't quite tell?

Shawna Flannigan, · Reply

need a replacement power supply unit!!! where can i find one?

David Martin, · Reply

Pls i am getting a ps4 from canada and it is 120 volt on it, please can any one confirm if it is safe to use in uk where there is 220 to 240 volt please help me on this

Max, · Reply

Spinning the fan by hand generates a back EMF. DO NOT DO IT, it can damage the motherboard.

me, · Reply

OMG Tim Hortons!!! its been ages since i lay my hand on those...

krisnadi imam, · Reply

I see it's multi voltage, but did your unit state on the back of the box and the unit that it was 100 ~ 240v ?

My unit only says 120v, both on the box and the unit,it could be that you had a multi voltage unit ?

Please confirm for us all

Many thanks

Paul burton, · Reply

Mine say 110V. I also wonder if it is dual voltage.


So it's dual voltage or not ?

Vova, · Reply

Can you please advice my ps4 110v i need to know can i plug it to 220 or not, please advice ASAP, many thanks


minE ALSO SAYS 120v on the unit and the box so i dont know if its multi voltage... did yours say that

obasi, · Reply

Can you specify the exact model you tested in the video and what it says on the rear side regarding the voltage?

I bought in US aunt model CUH-1001A. On the rear plastic it says "120V" only, and the manual for CUH-1001A specifications show also only 120V.

Is this the same model as you tested? If so, I can assume my internal power supply is 100-240V as in the tested unit, if not - I may have to buy a voltage transformer.

Amir, · Reply

OK, I trusted some older posts and plugged it in - happy to say its working great and nothing burned :)

I have a model CUH-1001A saying at the bottom "120V 2.1A 60Hz". Working in Israel on 220V.


mine says 100V 50-60Hz I bought it in Japan and using in Eurtope with 220/240VAC

I was really afraid before trying. but i managed thanks to this guide and willing to play!! it works! it is definetly dual voltage.

they make them all the same, i guess in the same factory in China, i am wondering about the Blue ray disc, does the region depends by the hardware or the software (i guess the second one) i haven't tryed it yet

Matteo, · Reply

Please be careful and DO NOT touch the capacitor (those pesky cylindrical objects) wires. As they retain a considerable amount of charge even hours after unplugging them from the power source.

milp, · Reply

There is a danger here for little kids. The 120 volts for the power supply readily accessible to little fingers and probing metal tools like coins in the hands of children. The ends of the 120 volt wires are exposed, the fuse is exposed which will have 120 volts on BOTH ends, the capacitor is right there along with the power transistors, choke coils, and other things, including the transformers. Many will still be live even when the console is turned off.

Make sure to unplug the unit when there are small children around and the unit is sitting out in the open. When using it, put the back away from where little fingers can reach it.

John Pombrio, · Reply

So, is the optical drive a custom-built Sony component, or is it manufactured by someone else?

Finster Dexter, · Reply

Mylar connectors. I HATE Mylar connectors. They are flimsy, prone to popping out when shipping, and are great for making intermittent contacts. The are also hard to get in and out without destroying the wire, the socket, or both.

John Pombrio, · Reply

My ps4 was slammed on ground is there anyway I could buy a replacement optical drive

joshua, · Reply

The gear and arm in the blueray disc drive just like two person dancing with a ball! ^_^

Alvin Ma, · Reply

What a great teardown. Interesting to see that 2 Gb (256 MB) of DDR3. I think it's used by the subsystem containing ARM CPU, right? I find it quiet interesting that the ARM CPU is the southbridge in the system. Makes me think we'll see some nice features implemented over time.

Rob Ban, · Reply

I can't believe it is a 2Gb DDR3 chip... it costs 200$ ! Is it a mistake ?

Freed, · Reply

Per Chipworks, the 2 Gb (256 MB) DDR3 is used by the dedicated network co-processor. That also seems reasonably apparent from the board layout.

Jeff Suovanen, · Reply

Which gyroscope are they using?

Deron, · Reply

thought u said it had 8gb ram????

HoZi, · Reply

I only see 4GB of RAM on the PS4? Am i missing something?

Don, · Reply

Look at step 21, the other memory chips are on the board's underside.


What is the iron mask? Is it the unrevealed HDMI transmitter?

Amuro Ray, · Reply

Is it possible to tell what the small, square chip is near the SATA port?

dumbo, · Reply

The Panasonic chip is the HDMI 1.4 transmitter. The HDMI 2.0 version is MN864777.

Roberto Pezzali, · Reply

The linked details suggest that the Marvel chip supports Bluetooth 4, but PS4 specs only say 2.1. Possible for Sony to update this in a later software update?

frandom, · Reply

I would suppose so. We'll have to see about that. So the Marvel chip supports BT LE (Low Energy). That's kinda interesting. Would be awesome for external accessories such as heart rate monitors and different sensors.

Rob Ban,

Look at picture n°1 ... is the board damaged ?? wtf ..

Giuliano Biasi, · Reply

They had to take a metal shield off to see this chip, not surprising if that caused some damage.


Sorry but there's a ton of damage around the Panasonic IC and on the Marvel daughterboard... In this condition, it looks like at the very least you'd have a hard time playing HDCP content and connecting the controllers wirelessly?

Is this damage from Chipworks or is this something that occurred during initial take-apart; that is to say, is this something that would happen if one tried at home?

Since they aren't identified previously, its hard to understand how they end up in this condition.

...I vote that iFixit demonstrate how the take-aparts posted affect the product functionality by documenting reassembly and restored function. Without that, the scores only represent how easy it is to disassemble a device.

cspurgeon, · Reply

As far as I can tell the damage is because metal shields that were covering the chips have been removed so that we can see what they are. These shields aren't intended to be removed and aren't relevant to repairability.


frandom is correct. Chipworks removed the shields in a quick-n-dirty fashion because we wanted to identify what chips lurked underneath the metal covers. There is no way this PS4 will work afterwards since CW took all the main chips off the board in order to depackage the chips themselves. Consider this PS4 to be sacrificed at the altar of chip investigation.

Miroslav Djuric,

I wonder what the weight tolerances are if someone would press on the top of the console and possibly damage the fan. I wonder if that is what causes most blue light flashing issues? Any way someone could test that?

Jeremy White, · Reply

How is this and the XBOX One both an 8 on repairability? The XBOX One is clearly easier to open and get in to. The PS4 has a ton more that you have to remove just to get to the insides. Sure the HDD is easier to get to on the PS4 but you are not suppose to change the XBOX One's HDD.

Also, the PS4 has those security screws that not everyone will have tools for. Which will cause people to have to go buy them. That is minus 1 point right there for that alone.

The PS4 had more yellow and red comments about its repairability than the XBOX One.

If anything it should be PS4 6-7 and XBOX One 8-9.

Oh and the XBOX One doesn't cause blood loss during repair.


Blood Loss = Minus 1 point

Security Screws = Minus 1 point

Ridiculous amount of stuff to go through to get to the insides = minus 1 point

Getting to the fan for cleaning takes too long = minus 1 point


Getting in requires prying up stuff, no screws here = minus 1 point

Mystx, · Reply

Uh, BOTH systems use torx security screws, it's stated quite clearly in the Xbox teardown. Also, you can get security screwdrivers at pound shops here in the UK so it's hardly an issue for someone who has spent £349 on the console itself!

The replaceable hard drive (without invalidating your warranty) is a BIG plus for the PS4, so if anything the PS4 should score higher.


Clearly XBOX One beats the PS4 in repairability. How the score is tied is a little mind boggling. I would say XBOX One 9 out of 10 and PS4 6.5 out of 10. To many pieces and a Heat sink that clearly fights back. Also just because you can remove the PS4 HDD easily doesn't give it a plus point. Still have to open the dang system up. XBOX One you just plug in a External HDD....boom done! Simple as returning the ring to Mordor and tossing it into Orodruin. (that was for the ifixit crew)

Michael Kurdziel Jr, · Reply

Can you please advice my ps4 110v i need to know can i plug it to 220 or not, please advice ASAP, many thanks


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