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Xbox One and PS4 teardowns reveal next gen guts

Xbox One and PS4 teardowns reveal next gen guts

The Xbox One in bits.

The Xbox One and PS4 have been given the teardown treatment by repair specialists Ifixit, revealing just what makes up the new consoles.

Starting with the PS4, the site reveals just how easy it is to access and replace the console's 500GB 2.5in hard drive, with it not even voiding the warranty. The drive can be replaced with any standard unit so upgrading to a higher capacity HDD or a speedy SSD is a cinch.

From here on in, though, you'll have to void the warranty by removing the stickers that cover some of the screws. Once done, though, it's quite easy to remove the universal power supply, then the 6x Blu-ray drive. However, to get to the main centrifugal fan - the part most likely to need some TLC after a few years use - you do have to disassemble almost the entire console, removing the EMI shield and the motherboard to get to it.

Nonetheless, Ifixit scored the console 8/10 for repairability, citing that easy access to the hard drive and the lack of adhesives used to hold it together. They did, though, mark it down for the inaccessibility of the fan and the sharp edges of the main steel EMI shield/midplane.


As for the Xbox One, it also scored 8/10, with it requiring even less effort to access most of the interior. After removing a side panel with a 'spudger' and unscrewing the main metal covering the entire main PCB and its various attached components is exposed. It's then a simple task of accessing the Blu-ray drive, HDD or HSF.

The HSF is much large than that of the PS4, with a 112mm fan compared to the PS4's 85mm model. However, the downward blasting design is arguably a little cruder than the centrifugal model used on the PS4 - though much easier to upgrade. Indeed Microsoft has added ventilation grilles to one whole side of the top of the Xbox One, just to ensure there is enough airflow - it really is paranoid about not repeating the red ring of death fiasco.

Where the Xbox One gets marked down on its overall repairability score, is its HDD. While the drive is a standard 2.5in 500GB model, it is a little awkward to fully remove and, more importantly, is not really user replaceable. Doing so voids the warranty, and the file format it uses is proprietary too.

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Corky42 22nd November 2013, 20:22 Quote
Wont the proprietary file system and that the HDD maybe keyed to the main PCB preclude the possibility of changing the HDD.
Hustler 22nd November 2013, 20:35 Quote
Damn that Xbox motherboard is a mess compared to the PS4.

It reminds me of all those comparison shots of the Sega Saturn vs PS1 motherboards back in the day.

The Xbox engineers should be ashamed of themselves...
SAimNE 22nd November 2013, 20:42 Quote
considering a lot of games are being sold digitally being able to just swap in a better hdd or ssd is a pretty cool option for a console. kinda glad they at least got to that point of easy access upgrades..... and kinda sad they dont let you tweak the rest of it without voiding the warranty(would be nice to beef up the airflow and tweak in a small overclock to make sure there arent any hickups).... tho really it doesnt matter much to me because i wouldnt be caught dead buying a 500$+ console when i could just use it to get/improve a gaming rig o.o
Cei 22nd November 2013, 21:10 Quote
Is it me or does the PS4 have a significantly larger heatsink?
The_Crapman 22nd November 2013, 21:13 Quote
Man that woman is annoying.
dyzophoria 22nd November 2013, 23:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cei
Is it me or does the PS4 have a significantly larger heatsink?

im guessing its just have to do with the size comparison with the two, xbox one is way way larger :D
law99 23rd November 2013, 11:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hustler
Damn that Xbox motherboard is a mess compared to the PS4.

It reminds me of all those comparison shots of the Sega Saturn vs PS1 motherboards back in the day.

The Xbox engineers should be ashamed of themselves...

It is strange isn't it? Of course only time will tell and perhaps the new Xbox is bullet proof, but it reminds me of the last consoles. Question is, how do they do it twice in a row?

http://images.anandtech.com/doci/6972/20130514-XBOX-ONE-TEARDOWN-015.jpg

http://www.extremetech.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/ps4-system-board-wired-640x428.jpg

Seems obvious which one is neater.

I'm no expert though - they've both improved. In comparison to last time:

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b186/convulsion/xboxvsps3.jpg
Corky42 23rd November 2013, 12:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by law99
http://images.anandtech.com/doci/6972/20130514-XBOX-ONE-TEARDOWN-015.jpg

Seems obvious which one is neater.

I'm not sure but i think that link of the Xbox One PCB maybe a development board, it seems to have some things not present on others that i've seen, like a LED display.
law99 23rd November 2013, 12:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
I'm not sure but i think that link of the Xbox One PCB maybe a development board, it seems to have some things not present on others that i've seen, like a LED display.

Ok. My judgement is worthless anyway but I'll hold on till I'm not using a tablet for browsing.;)
Corky42 23rd November 2013, 12:36 Quote
I don't think much else changed, i just noticed the LED display in your link and thought hey i never noticed that before isn't that cool, but it seem its not on others :'(
law99 23rd November 2013, 12:57 Quote
oh yeah. My images are out of date then... still; it's all about the next year. Let's see the failure rate then. (Disclaimer; I have to say I'm more a Sony console gamer, but for the people involved with either I hope there isn't anymore red ring / yellow light type fiascos)
RichCreedy 24th November 2013, 20:44 Quote
i'm waiting for someone to install an ssd, maybe that will improve game loading times.

they examined the harddrive it has several ntfs partitions, so we may be able to clone it onto a bigger drive
sandys 24th November 2013, 21:32 Quote
It does, there is a link to results in ps4 thread.
Big_malc 24th November 2013, 22:20 Quote
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lacuna 25th November 2013, 12:45 Quote
I can strip down my PS3 and toast the mobo with the heatgun in about 30mins now. Probably a sign that its life is in jeopardy.
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