So, recently a video was released showing the inside of the PS4, and in the article I happened to run across, it showed the inside of an Xbox One as well. I’m not a tech nerd as far as the inner workings of the technology goes, so I need some help here. Please explain to me how on Earth the PS4 is supposed to cool itself efficiently as opposed to the Xbox One. It pains me to even ask this question, since I’m somewhat a Sony fanboy, but I’m concerned. Take a look for yourself in the pictures below.
Historically, the Playstation line of consoles has been great as far as cooling is concerned. I’ve owned all 3 iterations so far, and none have overheated or come close to doing so. In the pictures below, however, the fan inside the PS4 seems rather small, and the intake vents seem near nonexistent. I’ve heard talk that the fan is a “centrifugal” one, apparently meaning that it’s more efficient than the standard fan in the Xbox One, even though it’s smaller. Is there any truth to this? I watched the video put out by Sony, and the guy taking it apart (Yasuhiro Ootori) didn’t go into much detail as to how the fan works.
The Xbox One is on the top, and the PS4 is on the bottom:
Looking at the Xbox One picture, it looks as if the fan takes up nearly a third of the system’s interior space; it’s quite obvious in the picture. If you look on the PS4 picture, the fan is in the middle of the top row of parts. Compare this to the size of the console itself; the piece on the middle left is the bottom shell. You could probably stack 9 of those fans in there! How can the fan, that looks to be about half the size of the one in the Xbox One, adequately keep the system ventilated.
Furthermore, look at the heatsink in the PS4; in the above picture, it’s the metallic box on the bottom right sheet of metal. Then, take a close look under the fan in the Xbox One; I think the heatsink is situated under it. Just like the fans, there is a rather large size difference between the two, with the one inside the Xbox One being larger. Does this mean that the Xbox One will be cooler than the PS4? Did they learn from last generation’s mistake?
I can’t quite pass judgement on the cooling capabilities of the PS4 until I pick mine up, however, but the prospect of my PS4 overheating doesn’t sound very appealing. Please, if you are more learned in this aspect of gaming and technology, inform me!
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