You might not think much of it, but the type of power cord a console manufacturer goes with has a lot to do with the size and design of a console.
Sony Computer Entertainment Engineering Director Yasuhiro Ootori revealed this intriguing fact during a technical lecture at a trade show in Tokyo (via Dual Shockers), explaining how Sony teased the possibility of a three-prong power cord but that it compromised their intention to keep the PS4 as small as possible.
Ootori-san stressed that in wanting to keep the PS4's power consumption under 250 watt, it had to go with a two-prong power cord, which has a maximum power output of 249 watt.
If Sony went above that, it would have needed to completely redesign the console, and perhaps even shift its design philosophy, as a three-prong power cord would have needed a larger inlet on the console, in turn completely changing its design.
Something so small has such a significant impact on the design, and with Sony's intention to keep the console under power consumption of 250 watt, along with a small, tight design, it chose to go with the two-prong cord.
Not that it makes a difference, but had it simply chosen to go three-prong, the PS4 we know today may have looked completely different!
Hugo said: I wish xbox one had simply a power cord instead of brick is there a reason they can't?