Fascinating insight into PS4 design reveals how significant a small thing like a power cord is

by Gaetano 'Xbot' Prestia 3 Comments 0 Likes 793 Views 22/01/2014 Back to PS4 news PlayStation 4

Fascinating insight into PS4 design reveals how significant a small thing like a power cord is

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!

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Fascinating insight into PS4 design reveals how significant a small thing like a power cord is Comments

  • Hugo 5612 XP 22/01/2014
    I wish xbox one had simply a power cord instead of brick is there a reason they can't?
  • punk 12067 XP 22/01/2014
    isnt three prongs safer?
    but its is quite amazing to realise that having three would have compromised the design but i wouldn't want that to be left out on my laptop as it helps alleviate electric shocks.

    does the xbox one have a three prong cord?

    I read that the xbox one has concentrated on improving air flow, after all they don't want another repeat of the xbox 360 (thermal issues) and that some have even suggested that having the power outside means less issues when replacing it. in saying that, I haven't had problems with that on the PS3.

    at least the power brick of the one isn't as big as previous generations.


    It does look like Sony has engineered the PS4 with great precision.
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  • Luke1993 1530 XP 22/01/2014

    Hugo said: I wish xbox one had simply a power cord instead of brick is there a reason they can't?


    I think that's there to protect the power socket incase the 360/One malfunctions. Well I thinm anyway.
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