Perhaps the most glaring oversight in the PlayStation 4's design is its inability to withstand shots from a sniper rifle. However, if this shocking omission is forcing you to reconsider your pre-order, we have some good news for you. We're happy to report that, barring any heavy military intervention, your shiny new system isn't likely to explode any time soon. And if you're still wary, take a look at these fascinating thermal images of the console.

Armed with an FLIR E8 Thermal Camera and a brand new PS4, Planet Extech’s Vatche Arabian set out to determine just how hot the new machine gets when in use. He started by downloading that pesky firmware update, creating a new profile, and then leaving the system on standby to allow his DualShock 4 to charge. At its hottest, the console reached 30.2°C (86.4°F) during this time. He then booted up Killzone: Shadow Fall and shot at some Helghast for about half an hour. This took the temperature up to 45.5°C (113.9°F) at the top of the unit, and 49.4°C (120.9°F) at the bottom. The vents came in at a slightly higher 61.6°C (142.9°F).

You can find the full gallery of these intriguing photos through here. What do you make of these thermal images? Do they get you fired up, or do you think that the whole thing is a load of hot air? Blow off some steam in the comments section below.