It has recently been announced that the Playstation 4 has been given a pass by the FCC (Federal communications commission), a independent government agency in the US.
Several details have emerged from the FCC test. We now know that the operating temperature of the PS4 will be between 5 and 35 degrees Celsius - substantially cooler than the consoles of the last gen. This means that the PS4 will be a lot less likely to overheat than its predecessor was.
We have also been informed that the weight of the PS4 is only 2.8kg, compared to the 5kg of the original PS3. One of the original criticisms of the PS3 was the weight and the general bulkiness of the console. This was mainly due to the extensive thermal management system inside the console, Sony had to include a very large heat sink to help cool the console - stopping the key hardware from overheating. This should not be as much of a problem with the recent news detailing the low operating temperature for the PS4.
Another interesting piece of news from the FCC report shows that the maximum clock efficiency of the PS4 will be 2.75 gigahertz. For those of you who are unaware, this is a LOT of processing power. Especially for a console. This was to be expected though, as the complex processes that can be performed simultaneously on the PS4 shown at the E3 conference would require a lot. This is why the PS4 includes high end 8 core AMD Jaguar processor. Of course, the PS4 will not always be running at around 2.75Ghz, so we don't know the default processing speed for the console yet.
In other FCC-related news, we have found out that the PS4 will be manufactured in two countries: Japan and China. This comes as no surprise, as the PS3 was manufactured in these two countries as well. Contrary to popular belief, there is literally no difference between the quality of the consoles produced from both Japan and China. However the Chinese manufacture of the PS4 is quite ironic, as all gaming consoles are banned in that country. This is why online gaming is so popular there.
If you are interested in any of the FCC reports, then follow this link to the FCC and take a look at the released documents for yourself.
Article by - Ben Corroon
Insert Date: 7/24/2013