The upcoming console generation has proven itself to be quite different than those of past. One of the major changes, of course, is the move to the x86 platform both on the Microsoft and Sony side, and how this will affect things down the road (think: security) will be interesting to watch play out.
Here's another major difference: A vendor that does a teardown of their own console before launch. This is something we would have never seen with the previous generations - yet, Sony has gone ahead and torn down a perfectly good PlayStation 4 to help us understand its efficient design better. Behold: All of the parts laid on the table.
Another major difference between this next-gen and consoles of the past is ultra-sleek designs. The PS4 box is thin, about as thin as a box that an Ultrabook notebook would ship in. To build a console that's to be reliable, and offer ample performance, Sony had to be very creative about the console's design, and clearly, it's pleased with its work.
Like the PS3, the PS4 has its power adapter built right into the console, so there'll be no need to have a massive brick hogging up room on the floor (I still cringe when thinking of the original Xbox 360 power brick). Past that, the PS4 also packs in DVD/Blu-ray support, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless - overall, it's a robust featureset.
I can't help but wonder if Microsoft will come forth with a teardown of its own, given Sony's lead. Admittedly, a teardown isn't important, but they sure are appreciated.
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