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Cerny: PS4 Power Consumption Is Less, So No Overheating

In the past, new video game hardware could have annoying issues with overheating.

But we shouldn't have to worry about that when the PlayStation 4 is sitting in our entertainment centers. We hope, anyway.

That's because lead system architect Mark Cerny told Gamereactor Spain that the PS4 should be just fine, 'cuz the designers knew what they were doing.

The question came when Cerny was asked if the PS4 could handle the wicked heat of this year's record-breaking Spanish summer. He replied as follows:

"I think it will be fine. They know how to design the console so it doesn't overheat. If you notice that PlayStation 4 is smaller, it's because power consumption is less; simple as that."

The PS4 is smaller than...what? Well, whatever, so long as the thing doesn't overheat. Cerny has been talking an awful lot about Sony's new machine, and we're likin' what we hear. The PS4 is a very capable and seemingly very efficient console; if it's reliable as well, we've got a hardware trifecta that should lead to strong sales early on. ...that all being said, I'd still recommend picking up an extra warranty, just in case.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, sony, ps4 overheat

7/12/2013 9:37:47 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 11:11:29 PM
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I shouldn't have to buy a warranty, they should just make stuff that doesn't break like Nintendo.

I do hope the launch goes smoothly though, the only thing that could trip Sony up now is a hardware defect.

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Jawknee
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 11:16:43 PM

Indeed. Wasn't counting on having to buy more than one PS3 this gen but afte my fat YLOD'd I was paranoid about it happening again so I got a slim. Now I'm worried my slim is gonna take a dump. Good to know the PS4 will use less power. Quiet consoles are a blessing. The Wii U whispers while my Slim PS3 sounds like a turbine especially in this summer weather.

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Temjin001
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 11:24:48 PM

I still have a working Gameboy. Like an original Gameboy.

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daus26
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 11:12:08 PM
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Two factors for that makes the PS4 obviously more reliable than launch PS3s are... much less heat production due to lower power consumption and unified gpu/cpu so we don't have to worry about it disconnecting communication between the two because my PS3 was diagnosed with that problem.

I personally hate getting extra warranty so I'm just going to take my chances depending on early reports. If there's too many problem, I'll wait for a more reliable model, even though that may be quiet a ways off.

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Jawknee
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 11:14:42 PM
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Nice. I was curious about this. I enjoyed a bit of quiet time when I got my Slim but its just as loud as my fat now with certain games.

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Killa Tequilla
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 8:28:23 AM

Needs to be dusted.

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Jawknee
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 10:47:43 AM

Oh I dust it. About every few days. I think its mainly due to the weather but still makes me paranoid.

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JROD0823
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 11:08:15 AM

@Jawknee,

You must have terrible luck with your PS3s, because my slim is as quiet today as it was when I got it in 2010.

Last edited by JROD0823 on 7/13/2013 11:08:47 AM

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Temjin001
Friday, July 12, 2013 @ 11:17:57 PM
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So I was playing Sonic The Hedgehog 2 the other day (that's right the Genesis game) and I decided to wikipedia the game. Low and behold Mark Cerny is listed as one of the programmers.

yah, I bet he snuck some 'blast processing' into the PS4 ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 12:10:54 AM

Gotta love that blast processing man. And MMX technology. And the FX chip.

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Killa Tequilla
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 8:25:02 AM

What are we talking about?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 10:23:34 AM

Fictional technology advertised as something real.

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Temjin001
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 10:45:37 AM

actually, as unimportant as they may seem, both MMX and the FX chips were real implementations.
'blast processing' was just a made up expression suggesting the Genesis had something other technology didn't. It didn't identify any function of the hardware.

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___________
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 4:57:07 AM
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so we dont need to worry because the designers know what there doing?
in contrast to the ps1, ps2, ps3, and vita, so in other words the designers for those systems dident?
sure mark, whatever.

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Undertaker575
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 7:31:23 AM
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How much does a 3 year extended warranty cost?

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Killa Tequilla
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 8:27:33 AM

You're looking into the $200's. But I would honestly not get a warranty. Just call Sony and pay whatever they charge when it DOES break up.

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Esc
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 2:49:33 PM
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No warranty needed - covered by the Sale of Goods Act 1979 if it just conks through no fault of mine (kept in an airy area/dusted etc) or my accidental damage home contents insurance if I drop it carrying it up the stairs, or if my son decides (again) to ram a disc in when one's already in, his pocket money....

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ricksterj
Sunday, July 14, 2013 @ 12:43:50 PM
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As stated in my previous comment - Oui shall C!

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Shauneepeak
Sunday, July 14, 2013 @ 6:27:13 PM
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My PS4 has overheated and crashed 3-4 times these past two days due to the stupid heat. =S

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PHOENIXZERO
Sunday, July 14, 2013 @ 7:54:49 PM
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Considering that the PS4 should use less power than the current PS3 slim models, no it shouldn't be an issue. Plus unlike current gen consoles the power draw isn't going to be largely consistent from the moment you turn it on thanks to dynamic frequency scaling.

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PHOENIXZERO
Sunday, July 14, 2013 @ 8:02:32 PM

Ahhh! Can't edit, forgot to add dynamic voltage scaling as well. >_<

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