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Mark Cerny Wasn't Joking When He Said the PS4 Won't Overheat

Posted by Sammy Barker

Cold as ice

“Sony knows how to design the PlayStation 4 so that it won’t overheat,” noted a confident Mark Cerny earlier in the year. Turns out that the lead architect – who’s also working on launch title Knack – was not telling porkies either, as the next generation system will actually run at a cooler temperature than the existing PlayStation 3.

Despite looking like you’ll need a personal power station to run Killzone: Shadow Fall, extensive testing from the FCC found that the upcoming console will actually function at around 5-35 degrees Celsius (41-95 degrees Fahrenheit), where its predecessor tended to operate at a sweltering 45-55 degrees Celsius (113-131 degrees Fahrenheit). It means that the likelihood of a ‘Yellow Light of Death’-esque error is low, though other issues could still arise.

The console is also svelter than the first iteration of its aging counterpart, weighing in at just 2.8kg compared to the PS3’s bathroom scale shattering 5kg. However, the current Super Slim version of Sony’s flagship format sits at a slender 2.1kg, so there’s still reason for the next generation console to sign up to Weight Watchers and get a glitzy gym membership card.


User Comments (24)



ShogunRok said:

Impressive, really, considering the power of the machine and its relative size. Any idea how much noise it actually makes when powered on?



get2sammyb said:

@ShogunRok I reckon we'll probably have to wait for first-hand reports on that. Doubt we'll find out until the system is in the wild.



rjejr said:

I'ld like to take this opportunity to thank the fine folk here at Pushsquare for always reporting prices in US$ and listing the times for a variety of time zones around the world. It can't be easy being an internationally renowned organization.



InsertNameHere said:

Considering what it has under the hood, this is a remarkable feat. Then again, Asian products are almost always higher quality than American products.



heero2001 said:

PS4 just continues to impress. I will admit I was worried when I found out that the PS4 was smaller than the Xbox and didn't include a external power brick. I thought they must have sacrificed something (like ventilation) to make all that possible. As it stands now the PS4 beats Xbox in every department: Way better looking, no overheating issues, and more powerful.



jgrangervikings1 said:

It's amazing how things change in just a few years' time. I remember when the first X-Box came out and everyone loved the fact that it was a heavy console because it meant that it had better build quality and wouldn't fall apart. Now the rage is a system that's sleek — small in size but full of power. Can't say I really care one way or the other as long as it works, doesn't overheat, and doesn't force me to keep an always-on camera w/microphone that can watch my every move.



RaymanFan2 said:

I wanna know how loud it is when operating. The Super Slim, for all it's problems, is probably the quietest system I own, excluding handhelds.



rjejr said:

@get2sammyb - I was trying to be sincere and thankful, but dont think I know how. I do care a lot about money, very little about temp.

I do like the choice of PS4 photo this time



feilyteiru said:

I hate to be a Debby Downer, but this does not mean what the article says at all.

Those are the optimal temperatures at which you should use your PS4. The air temperature around it. This means that it can actually handle hot temperatures worse than the PS3.



-CraZed- said:

@get2sammyb It's okay I can always multiply your kg by 2.2 and easily get the lbs. I wish we would just go metric here already.... it really is a better standard. But in no way would I like to have to convert C to F.... I can never remember off the top of my head the formula (C x 9/5 + 32 = F) for that.



SkullHydra said:

Feilyteiru is right. The temperatures mentioned here are the optimal temperature you should be playing the PS4 under, not how hot the PS4 gets while playing. These numbers were roughly the same for the PS3.

That being said, the PS4 will definitely run cooler since it's GPU and CPU chipset are combined into the same chipset, which is only 28nm. In comparison, the original PS3 chips were 90nm each.



Kage_88 said:

Just one of the reasons why I prefer consoles over PCs.

The Wii U is also fantastic when it come to energy efficiency.



ViciousDS said:

@feilyteiru yes, your correct operating temperatures are the ranges in which the device should be in. 5 being the min and 35 being the max. any higher will cause issues for the system. But these operating temperatures do prove that it does run cooler. and basically if your console gets warmer then your body temperature you might have a problem. But 35c is very low most computers idle at 30 hell my graphics card hits 60+ and has an operating temp up to 95 Celcius.

So I'm kind of worried because that means either this thing is loud with its cooling or its just going to overheat when real stressful games on hardware hit the market.



charlesnarles said:

ASUS RoG laptops can run current gen games on highest settings (higher, actually, cause you can tweak the card too) and have the card stay around 130 F. And they look like this
PS4 isn't a laptop, but it's probably laid out comparably to one, and it's rear (seemingly) has even bigger/more vents. They know what they're doing. And yeah just don't live in the Saharah desert. If your car would overheat, then your computers will too



DoublezZ01 said:

This Machine continues to impress!!! It runs cooler and doesnt suck up as much energy then the current PS3 Freakin amazing considering the amount of new things it can do!! I find my self laughing very hard at thouse who expected it to have a power brick!!! XD I mean seriously when has any of sony consoles had a power brick!? Heck given how big the X1 is i expected its power supply to but internal but nope! Look at a laptop and the galaxy note 2, im not sure if anyone will get what im trying to say... bothe designed to do practically the same thing! AAAALLLL that power but so compact and runs just fine as long as u treat it the way it should u will never dissappoint! But seriously! Jap tech continues to slap US tech in the face!!! PS4 all the way!!! ps yes im america lol

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