Sony PlayStation 4 Teardown

  • Teardown

    Sony’s PlayStation 4 makes its debut today and TechInsights’ Teardown team has hands on analysis of the components that promise to set a new benchmark in the gaming industry. While we’ll be tearing down the Microsoft’s XBOX ONE next Friday, today we take and in-depth look at the chips and components in the PS4.


    Sony PlayStation 4 Board Shots

    • SCEI (Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.) CXD90026G SoC (includes AMD "Jaguar" Cores and AMD Radeon Graphics GPU)
    • Samsung K4G41325FC-HC03 4 Gb (512 MB) GDDR5 SGRAM (total of 16 x 512 MB = 8 GB)
    • SCEI CXD90025G
    • Samsung K4B2G1646E-BCK0 2Gb DDR3 SDRAM
    • Macronix MX25L25635FMI 256Mb Serial Flash Memory
    • Marvell 88EC060-NNB2 Ethernet Controller
    • SCEI 1328KM476

    • Genesys Logic GL3520 USB 3.0 Hub Controller
    • Samsung K4G41325FC-HC03 4 Gb (512 MB) GDDR5 SGRAM
    • International Rectifier 3585B N326P IC2X
    • Macronix MXIC B01 25L1006E CMOS Serial Flash Memory
    • TI 53123A 2AK64 D756


    Sony PlayStation 4 - BOM


    Technical Specifications

    The PlayStation 4’s processor was co-developed by Sony and AMD. It combines a CPU (central processing unit) and GPU (graphics processing unit), as well as the PS4’s memory controller and video decoder.

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    As shown, the CPU contains two “quad-core Jaguar modules” that total 8 x86-64 cores. The GPU has 18 compute units that Sony’s claims will produce a peak performance of 1.84 TFLOPs.

    In addition to the processor, the Sony PS4 has come stacked with memory, 16x the RAM found 6 years ago by TechInsights in the Sony PlayStation 3. The 8 GM of internal memory is GDDR5 and runs a clock frequency of 2.75 GHz with maximum bandwidth of 176 GB/s.

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    Other key ICs used to provide the PS4 users with an unprecedented gaming experience include a dedicated chip, the Marvell 88W8797-BMP2 WiFi chip, for supporting social game play and together mixed mode in-game and on-web activities.

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    PlayStation Camera

    The PlayStation 4 Camera, initially named PlayStation 4 Eye, is a motion sensing input device. It includes two 1280×800px cameras. The lenses will operate with an aperture of f/2.0, with 30 cm focusing distance, and an 85° field of view.

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    DualShock 4 Controllers

    Our teardown also includes teardown of the new DualShock 4. The DualShock 4 is the PlayStation 4's primary controller and while to the DualShock 3 it connects to the console via Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

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    These IC support the PS4’s new features, including a built-in two-point capacitative touch pad on the front of the controller and support motion detection via a three-axis gyroscope and three-axis accelerometer and improved vibration.