With the imminent release of the next-gen consoles, it’s almost guaranteed that the Internet will be saturated with nine kinds of unboxing videos. However, in a new video published by Wired, Sony’s engineering director Yasuhiro Ootori unboxes the company’s PlayStation 4 quite literally. The footage, which you can check out in the video below, is a piece by piece demonstration of the console’s internal components.
While Sony has outlined the console’s specifications in the past, this is our first tangible look at what’s under the PlayStation 4’s jet black exterior. In the video, Ootori pays attention to various components including the slimline x86 AMD processor and the hardware’s internal power supply. What’s more, he also underlines the PS4’s stepless cooling fan —a feature that will allow the system to match its output in accordance with the console’s temperature.
Development on the PlayStation 4 primarily began during the summer of 2007, when Mark Cerny —the system’s lead architect —began to theorise a prototype for the machine during what he describes as a “post-mortem’ for the PlayStation 3. In an adjacent interview with Wired, he touched upon the overall philosophy of Sony’s next-gen device, stating how it had to appeal to the developing community in an increasingly competitive industry.
“The [PlayStation 3] hardware was very, very difficult to develop for. I couldn’t stop thinking that maybe there was a different path; a hardware that could be made that would be much more natural from a developing standpoint.”
Earlier in the week, Sony confirmed that more information will be revealed about the console in an upcoming media event to be held on November 14th. Additionally, the Japanese company also published a detailed PlayStation 4 FAQ, which explains various system features including Remote Play, streaming and music playback.
The PlayStation 4 will launch across North America and Europe on November 15th and November 29th, respectively. Worth noting, too, is that Sony’s home console won’t appear in its native region of Japan until February, 2014.