The Better Build

The Better Build

PS4 Teardown

PS4 Teardown

I’ve snapped the corner off an Atari 2600 whilst A/V modding it and the drill-bit got stuck, oops. Changed out the cartridge port on a couple of NES last year and one day I’ll get round to A/V modding one of my Intellivision. I’ve customised more Xbox 360 into Jtag’s than I probably have repaired for RROD. I have been hands on with pretty much every type of console or home computer going, at some point in my life, but last week I opened a Playstation 4 for the first time to do a repair and it had me slightly worried over the build quality.

Plastics in the olden days were brutally tough, probably because they could get away with slinging any old thing they liked into the mix, but as the planet became more self-conscious towards the environment, certain chemicals and processes were banished as environmentally unfriendly. When opening a Playstation 4, compared to the Xbox One, once past marvelling how compact the innards were, I soon realised the truth. The case is about as strong as a mobile-phone case, whilst the Xbox One is like a phone case with a guerilla case wrapped around it.

broken phone

oops

Now a lot of you may not have opened up a Playstation 4 but trust me when I say, it would barely offer any kind of protection if dropped on it’s arse. It’s very compact for sure and that is the first thing that hits you, quickly followed by ‘where is the space for ventilation’ and ‘hold on, GDDR5 gets pretty hot’. It seems to hold one of the traits of the original phat Xbox 360 and if you look really closely and squint, you will likely see a Tefal stamp where it slowly cooks itself to death. It’s piss poor workmanship and I’m not just saying that as a bigger Xbox fan, (bigger being the word for sure) it really is. Now I’m not saying that the PS4 WILL cook itself to death, I mean look at the PS2 Slim, that thing rocked and had zero issues, however it’s easy enough to say that about the PS2 around 10 years later.

My bigger concern is the actual plastic surrounding the console. It seems almost flexible. Now it’s not like it has a lot to do, other than look pretty under a TV, but it’s also not really the kind of device I would say is portable. Look up ‘Sony Walk-man’ those things were bloody indestructible unless you opened the tape draw at which point they promptly exploded like a scene from Mission Impossible. I wouldn’t like to move a PS4 around too much that’s for sure and I guess they aren’t supposed to be practical or portable. I mean, that’s why they made the PSP and Vita right?

It just seems a bit of a shame that they never put build quality first with the PS4. I mean, this is your money we are talking about here. You wouldn’t buy a plastic car would you? Well, not yet at least. Not if the thing was a ‘little bit flexy’. It’s because I have been inside an Xbox One this subject came up. I mean, they use metal and everything. That console actually has a chassis. See, car, chassis, console.

little tikes car

Little Tikes Full-Size Car

Anyways I’ll see you soon, probably on a motorway, wobbling from side to side in your plastic car. Remember to give us a wave.

Owner of GaminGuys.com

I collect retro games, consoles and accessories and play all era’s of games from old to latest. Found on eBaY as ‘MCRTrading’

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