PS4 gets a teardown; Netflix, Hulu Plus among 11 media apps ready for launch

With less than eight days to go before the launch of the PlayStation 4 in the U.S., Sony has finally decided to open up about their next generation console. When we say "open up", we mean Sony allowed someone to open up the case on the PS4 and let the public see what's inside.

Wired's new article on the development of the PS4 includes a video (sadly with no embed features) showing Sony engineering director Yasuhiro Ootori personally opening the case of the console and talking about what's inside, such as its 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM. There's also a gallery of images, including several after-teardown photos. There's no new information offered about the PS4's hardware but it's still cool to see what's inside.

In related news, Sony has announced that 11 streaming media apps will be available for the PS4 launch in the U.S. Sony has concentrated on making the PS4 a game machine first, so the fact that there will be media apps available for the console's first release is notable.

The app list includes:

  • Amazon Instant Video
  • Crackle
  • Crunchyroll
  • EPIX
  • Hulu Plus
  • NBA Game Time
  • Netflix
  • NHL GameCenter Live
  • Redbox Instant by Verizon
  • VUDU
  • YuppTV

Like the PS3, Sony will not require PS4 owners to pay an additional fee to access the media apps on the PS4, unlike what Microsoft does for both the Xbox 360 and the upcoming Xbox One.

Source: Wired and Sony | Image via Wired

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It's beautiful on the inside and seems to be easy to repair.

However I would assume it's going to run either very hot or very loud with all those components crammed inside so tight with a fan so small (85mm). Granted it looks like it has a very clever heatsink design but I am sceptical because of the size of that thing.

If Sony manages to keep that unit silent I will be amazed and props to them.

Sony are able to get a psu in the ps4 and their console is thinner, xbone has a power brick instead LOL. I despise power bricks, they mess up the cables in my tv stand.

Melfster said,
Can't wait for sony to get the blue screen death.

what if it doesn't? Will that get you to stop trolling? of course not...

The most interesting part of the teardown for me is that I could confirm I was right a few months ago when I said they probably had a quite large heat dissipation area. This is the single most important thing that makes the console so small and allows them to even include the power supply inside the case.
Let's see how MS solved it for the Xbox One, but pretty sure they simply used a run of the mill heatsink, otherwise they wouldn't need that big of a case for an even inferior set of hardware.

gonchuki said,
The most interesting part of the teardown for me is that I could confirm I was right a few months ago when I said they probably had a quite large heat dissipation area. This is the single most important thing that makes the console so small and allows them to even include the power supply inside the case.
Let's see how MS solved it for the Xbox One, but pretty sure they simply used a run of the mill heatsink, otherwise they wouldn't need that big of a case for an even inferior set of hardware.

My house is big enough to accommodate a larger console. Not a problem for me. Besides, if my power supply dies, I can just go buy another one with the X1, if it goes out on my PS4, I'll need to send it in for maintenance.

uxo22 said,

My house is big enough to accommodate a larger console. Not a problem for me. Besides, if my power supply dies, I can just go buy another one with the X1, if it goes out on my PS4, I'll need to send it in for maintenance.


And how many times is your power supply going to die during the lifespan of the product? Are you the unlucky 1%?
I'd rather have a slimmer profile console next to my wall mounted slim TV than a fat VCR needing its own stand because it can't even be put in vertical position.

gonchuki said,

And how many times is your power supply going to die during the lifespan of the product? Are you the unlucky 1%?
I'd rather have a slimmer profile console next to my wall mounted slim TV than a fat VCR needing its own stand because it can't even be put in vertical position.

I guess you have a point there. NOT, you need to move out of your tree house and at least get a full size room somewhere. The space needed to stand a console vertically versus horizontally is not a problem that I have had since I was living in my parent's house many years ago. Perhaps that's where your problem lies.

uxo22 said,

I guess you have a point there. NOT, you need to move out of your tree house and at least get a full size room somewhere. The space needed to stand a console vertically versus horizontally is not a problem that I have had since I was living in my parent's house many years ago. Perhaps that's where your problem lies.


yeah if I wasn't paying mortgage for my 690 sq feet apartment then that would definitely be my problem...

Surprise, the ps4 is for games and non-gaming entertainment.

Of course that is not a surprise, nor is it a bad thing. Good starting list of apps. Now they just need to bring back DLNA and mp3 support so that I can use it as an htpc-lite.

I hope MS releases a similar list before launch so I can decide which should be my main system for gaming and media.

Melfster said,
what a piece of crap. No DNLA = no purchase.

I'm really sorry for your 5 year old TV that doesn't have DLNA capabilities, and which is probably even 720p.

Get real, any relatively modern TV already offers you that capability, if you are spending $400 on a console you sure have another $400 to spend on a 32+ inch Smart TV (Amazon even has a 40 incher smart tv at $440 right now).

"If you have enough money to buy X, you have enough to buy Y". Nope, your logic is invalid.

You're telling him to buy a new TV for that feature that you expect modern TVs to have, yet you excuse the PS4 for not having it yet?

gonchuki said,

If you are that desperate for getting DLNA on your 5-year old TV, then the PS4 is not for you. Let me guess, you planned to use DLNA to watch your legally obtained MKVs...

Lol. Legally obtained .mkv files...that's rich!

I'm sure Sony will bring some more "home media" connectivity with a future update... not sure about DLNA. Is that really that popular anyway? I mean, I'd think Apple TV and Chromecast are more-or-less the direction that vast majority of users are going. People on Windows Phone will most likely go with XBox anyway....

My main concern was Amazon Prime Instance watch and it would be nice if Comcast XFinity VOD was added at some point.

First Not all media is illegal. Yeah idiots buy a launch console because it has 4 sucky games. They can proclaim how awesome they are. LOL..

Melfster said,
First Not all media is illegal. Yeah idiots buy a launch console because it has 4 sucky games. They can proclaim how awesome they are. LOL..

Yep, that's what all launch owners do, buy the console with 4 sucky games.. not because it actually had launch titles they want.. that's just silliness.

gonchuki said,

If you are that desperate for getting DLNA on your 5-year old TV, then the PS4 is not for you. Let me guess, you planned to use DLNA to watch your legally obtained MKVs...

Utterly daft with an attached strawman, nice job dude!

My TV has DLNA and it will natively play MKVs but i'd much prefer to be able to do all that from my HTPC - so I do. Obviously it's less hassle and having all those abilities grouped on one input is nicer than fiddling about with multiple remotes and switching things around (i.e. a half-baked solution). The fact that the PS4 can't do as much as a PS3 is the antithesis of evolution really - it's a backward step (and one that I suspect Sony will have to correct). This is one area where the XBOne and it's integration of all your media (even from an external source) looks far slicker - and well suiting to the environment it's going to predominantly sit - i.e. the living area where I watch TV and listen to music amongst other things. Heck, stick an EPG and a recorder in too - i'd much prefer to have one entertainment device period.

That said looks like it's well designed - I share the concerns about cooling but until it ships we won't know how hot it gets or how noisy it is (same for the XB1).


gonchuki said,

If you are that desperate for getting DLNA on your 5-year old TV, then the PS4 is not for you. Let me guess, you planned to use DLNA to watch your legally obtained MKVs...
Is that not what he said anyways that the ps4 is not for him?
Anyways I have a 60" samsung and its dlna abilities are alright and i use them but you dont realize how slow it is till you use a ps3 or 360 for it instead. Sony never advertised as a media player though. Unfortunatly the games are just not something to write home about right now and even though I have in the past this time i am not buying a console on launch day that is not going to be used atleast a few hours a day. Did that with the WiiU and it collects dust along with my ps3 cept for a brief while when i new game is out. My 360 on the other hand is on 24/7 because I use it for streaming and even looking stuff up on the browser in the living room because its so easy to do with kinect and a keyboard.

McKay said,
"If you have enough money to buy X, you have enough to buy Y". Nope, your logic is invalid.

We are talking about a completely unnecessary device for your day to day life, if you buy it it's because you have disposable income. The alternative is obviously to spend $100 more on a different device, and for what? a software feature that you will hardly ever use?

Houtei said,
Is that not what he said anyways that the ps4 is not for him?

not really, he just said "what a piece of crap" because he likes venting like a little brat.

gonchuki said,

I'm really sorry for your 5 year old TV that doesn't have DLNA capabilities, and which is probably even 720p.

Get real, any relatively modern TV already offers you that capability, if you are spending $400 on a console you sure have another $400 to spend on a 32+ inch Smart TV (Amazon even has a 40 incher smart tv at $440 right now).

Wait, you are getting on him and saying that he needs a modern TV to get DLNA, yet you don't feel that a BRAND NEW next gen console should have it? What kind of backwards double talk is that?

gonchuki said,

We are talking about a completely unnecessary device for your day to day life, if you buy it it's because you have disposable income. The alternative is obviously to spend $100 more on a different device, and for what? a software feature that you will hardly ever use?

People have differing amounts of disposable income. He may be able to afford a PS4 but unless you do his finance, a brand new TV could cripple him.

Anyway you sidestepped my other point, you're fine with a brand new console not having this feature, yet expect new TV's to have it? My TV's DLNA capabilities were rather poor, I have a vast library of movies stored on my hard drive and the TV would take literally minutes to even read the contents and display what was on it. My Console would do the same in less than a 1/10th of the time. The interface was clunky and ill-thought out. I've yet to see a TV DLNA interface that was better than a Consoles, and I've seen the latest and greatest in action.

And it's a feature "you'll hardly ever use"? I watch movies etc on my console more than I play games on it. Just because you don't, doesn't mean other people have the same habits.

gonchuki said,

We are talking about a completely unnecessary device for your day to day life, if you buy it it's because you have disposable income. The alternative is obviously to spend $100 more on a different device, and for what? a software feature that you will hardly ever use?


not really, he just said "what a piece of crap" because he likes venting like a little brat.

First off its 100 more for a feature he feels he will use. If it wasnt media sharing over my network my console would get half the use instantly. Secondly just cause someone has 500 to blow on a new console does not in anyway mean he has another grand sitting around to buy a new tv. Some people save up for that one thing they want and dont have extra money to throw at a new tv when you dont gain much from a tv upgrade.

Last its exactly what he said. He said DLNA = no purchase meaning its not for him if it doesn't have it. You just took offence to him getting a little more upset than he should of. I

uxo22 said,

Wait, you are getting on him and saying that he needs a modern TV to get DLNA, yet you don't feel that a BRAND NEW next gen console should have it? What kind of backwards double talk is that?


a games console, not a media box. Looks like you all bitter people are wanting the PS4 to be something it is not. Anything extra you get via software is just... extra. The hardware is there to play games, if you wanted just a media box you get a Roku for $60.

McKay said,

I have a vast library of movies stored on my hard drive and the TV would take literally minutes to even read the contents and display what was on it. My Console would do the same in less than a 1/10th of the time.

I see, another guy with a vast collection of completely legal movies.
And for the record, my Android phone is perfectly suited to browsing my media library and pushing the content to any of my DLNA enabled devices on my home. You don't need to use your TVs clunky interface when DLNA standard dictates you can use a third device as a remote.

gonchuki said,

a games console, not a media box. Looks like you all bitter people are wanting the PS4 to be something it is not. Anything extra you get via software is just... extra. The hardware is there to play games, if you wanted just a media box you get a Roku for $60.


I see, another guy with a vast collection of completely legal movies.
And for the record, my Android phone is perfectly suited to browsing my media library and pushing the content to any of my DLNA enabled devices on my home. You don't need to use your TVs clunky interface when DLNA standard dictates you can use a third device as a remote.

Okay, so I'm sure you're not going to use the media features on your PS4, you are only going to use it for games. Your comment has so much hypocritical BS in it that you don't even believe what you are saying.

BTW, I'm not bitter, I just think your "Buy a modern TV if you want DLNA and don't expect it from a modern console." analogy is total rubbish!

Awesome list of starting media apps! This + AppleTV + No More Yearly XBox Gold to get Amazon Prime Instant Watch = My Happy Living room.

PS3 had a perfectly well working HTML5 renderer, just nobody got to use it. Unless you're Netflix and can afford to pay Sony the money they want to be on their console. The closed ecosystem model is here to stay unfortunately,.

Engineering at its best... very happy with my Vita now... Dragon's Crown and Gravity Rush are both a must! Waiting now for Celceta, PS4 will get my vote when they release Guilty Gear Xrd, however if it gets out for Vita even better...