Unboxings and teardowns are usually done by adoring fans after a product launch. Boring as most unboxing videos are, they're a ritual whenever a new gadget comes out. Lately, the trend seems to be for the companies to do their own unboxings and teardowns — as a way to tease and build up hype in the last run-up to a product launch.
When the PS4 was announced in February, we (along with hundreds of other members of the press) sat for over two hours listening to Sony execs wax poetic about the PS4's powerful specs (its x86 PC-based architecture, its 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, its 500GB swappable hard drive, etc) and its redesigned DualShock 4 controller.
But how on earth did Sony squeeze all of that into a slim and sleek box roughly the size of the second-generation PS3 "slim"? That was for Sony to know — until now.
In a Wired video, Sony's engineering director Yasuhiro Ootori expertly tears open a PS4, revealing the tightly packed confines of the console. In true Sony form, the console is as well designed internally as it is externally; it includes a built-in power supply (because who wants an Xbox power brick?) and custom motherboard for the processor, GPU and RAM. And the entire thing is supposed to run silent.
This is it gamers. The final push. If you haven't decided between Xbox One or PS4, now's the time to do it.
For more insight, read our hands-on with the PS4 and the DualShock 4 controller from E3 and don't forget to dive into the 160-question FAQ here. The PS4 will launch in the U.S. on November 15 for $399. Twenty-three PS4 games will be available at launch.