The Xbox One and the PS4 have finally launched in several countries and while we in India (patiently) await the release of the consoles, the guys at iFixit have already got their hands on a unit each and taken them apart.
The iFixit teardown has revealed some very interesting bits about the insides of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, with special mention of how the Microsoft console has been designed to avoid the Red ring of Death that plagued the first few generations of the Xbox 360. Comparing the two consoles being ripped open is actually quite interesting, as it shows the difference in the engineering ethos the two companies have taken towards their consoles.
While Sony’s console feels like a daunting task to take apart with tons of screws and internal parts, the Xbox One is held together mostly by clasps that require pulling on in order to get a part to pop open. While the Sony console is encased in a cage and metal sheets, opening the Xbox One reveals a very PC like design, one reminiscent of those horizontal profile towers.
When examining the Blu-Ray drive in both the consoles, Sony’s approach has been to bolt the drive to its own proprietary logic board which uses four different connectors to interface with the drive. Xbox One, on the other hand, utilizes a standard SATA data connector for all communication duties. Chances are that if you need to replace the drive in the Xbox One, you could just pop it open and put the replacement (as long as it’s compliant/compatible) while you might have to struggle with the PS4’s overwhelming proprietary means of connectedness.
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