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PS4 Will Handle Hotter Weather Easily

For the most part, new hardware is always iffy. It's a big reason why many consumers wait until the manufacturer has worked out all the initial kinks.

But you might not have to worry with the PlayStation 4. While we can't predict its reliability, we have heard that due to lower energy consumption the heat of the environment won't cripple the device.

According to NowGamer, the PS4 has been approved for FCC registration. That occurrence has led to a few interesting pieces of information, such as the fact that the PS4 will run safely in a temperature range of 5-35 degrees Celsius, which means it'll be okay even in an overheated room. Over 60 degrees and you ran the risk of the dreaded "Yellow Light of Death." That wasn't as catastrophic as the "Red Ring of Death" for the Xbox 360, but it still got into the news. We don't want any bad lights next time around!

We also learned that Sony's new platform has a max clock efficiency of 2.75GHz and weighs in at about 2.8kg. That's higher than the current PS3's 2.1 kg but remember that the latter console has gotten lighter over the years; it actually debuted at a massive 5kg. Looks like the PS4 is ahead of the game on multiple fronts!

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, ps4 reliability, ps4 overheat

7/23/2013 10:33:13 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (27 posts)

SaiyanSempai
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 11:06:27 AM
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And as always with a sony machine, no big, ugly power brick.

The way it should be.

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Shauneepeak
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 9:22:38 AM

Lol remember the PS1? It's brick was the stupidest thing ever I always had to unplug 3 other things out of my power strip to even hook it up. LMAO

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Solid Fantasy
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 11:21:14 AM
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Those temps seem pretty low to me. All of them. The GPU on my gaming laptop doesn't need much to go over 80 Celsius. The CPU is normally a lot lower until it over clocks up to 3.3GHz. Then even that will push 80.
I sincerely hope we get a gen with out the YLOD or a "disc read error" shenanigan

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Cesar_ser_4
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 11:35:31 AM

At those temps I'd be surprised if your laptop lasted more than 5 mins. on your lap before it took off. You know with all the fans blowing like a jet engine and all.

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Solid Fantasy
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 11:43:24 AM

It does. I don't know what to tell you. It's been about a year and half and no problems. It's a gaming laptop with massive vents. Much less fan noise than the PS3 fat but more than a slim slim. It's designed to run hot and I don't play non stop for more than a couple of hours at a time.

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sawao_yamanaka
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 12:39:55 PM

Wow, that is really hot. Surprised whatever the laptop is on hasn't burned through.

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photo K
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 4:04:07 PM

do you mean 80 degrees fahrenheit?

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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 5:50:26 PM

80'F isn't very warm, though. That's not even close to body temperature, even.

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Solid Fantasy
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 7:01:48 PM

nope celcius. The graphics card isn't doing anything right now and it's at 57. According to my desctop widget thingy.

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YesterdysRising
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 7:24:11 PM

80°C is definitely hot but any somewhat recent graphics cards can handle it. It's not ideal but it will be okay. I wouldn't let your CPU get that hot though. It will most likely handle it but it will definitely shorten it's lifespan.

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SaiyanSempai
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 7:50:02 PM

80 deg C?? You're destroying the life of your silicone. That's just crazy.

Last edited by SaiyanSempai on 7/23/2013 7:51:49 PM

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Kryten1029a
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 3:59:37 AM

80 degrees Centigrade is 176 degrees Fahrenheit! How could you even stand to be in the same room without dying from heatstroke?

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Shauneepeak
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 9:24:31 AM

I always question that my laptop's GPU always says it is at 90+ Celsius but my laptop is barely warm to the touch.

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Lukos
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 11:39:00 AM
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The article is incorrect.

The temperature the FCC document describes is referring to the ambient temperature, not the temperature inside the console. In other words, the PS4 will run safely in environments between 5 and 35 degrees Celsius, or 41 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

No electronic device, not even a refrigerator, begins from the off position at 5 C / 41 F unless that is the ambient temperature. If your PS4 is regularly run in environments outside the range of 5 and 35 Celsius, you have more pressing problems than Yellow Lights of Death. D:

Last edited by Lukos on 7/23/2013 11:41:57 AM

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 11:53:42 AM

Yeah, they got it wrong. I've altered the article to make it right.

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Ultima
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 12:13:00 PM

I read the original version of this story Ben had posted, then checked back a while later and saw that the title had changed. I wondered why. Now I know. Good stuff!

That said... 5 to 35 degrees is the range? Here in the Caribbean, the lower range isn't an issue, but it CAN get to the upper range. Granted, I try to keep my gaming stuff run in cooler environments (either by use of an fan or an AC, depending) so the ambient temperature shouldn't be close to that under normal operations, but that's still a bit close. 5 to 40 would allow for much more leeway.

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Akuma07
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 9:02:58 PM

Here in Australia we spend most of summer around the 30-40 degree mark.

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telly
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 1:46:42 PM
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True story: I was living in an apartment without central AC when God of War 3 came out. The window units sort of kept the apartment lukewarm in the spring, and could barely keep the temp below 80 in the summer. So the fan in my PS3 would ROAR when I first played through the game in March, when it was still reasonably cool outside. By summertime, when I was doing a second or third playthrough, the framerate would get SUPER choppy in parts while the fan blasted as loud as a lawnmower. I had to stop playing until the fall!


I've since moved to a much nicer place with central air, but if PS4 runs at a lower temp, that's GREAT news.

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thedaini
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 6:48:29 PM
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This is good news indeed. Heat is the enemy of electronics. Lighter and cooler is always better.

If the PS4 is smaller, lighter, cooler, and has a upgradable hard drive, how could anyone look at the Xbox One?

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SaiyanSempai
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 8:06:14 PM

I agree. Smaller, lower energy footprint, cooler, more powerful, sleeker design, no external power brick, CHEAPER. Every aspect of the PS4 design is better than the Xbox One, their main competitor.

If these were any other electronic device like a TV or cd player, I don't know how the crappier more expensive device would even survive.

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JROD0823
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 8:45:30 PM
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Wake me in November.

I just want the PS4 in my hands already.

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Akuma07
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 9:04:09 PM
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Yeah well I wonder how this compares to the heat capabilities of the PS3. It can easily get to 40 degrees celcius in summer in Australia. My PS3 survived it, but I am now on my second PS3.

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Jed
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 @ 11:34:43 PM
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Good. It gets damn hot down here in Texas.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 12:23:54 AM

And Sticky. Screw This Humidity. Haha

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PlatformGamerNZ
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 4:25:14 AM
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well it never gets that hot from what i can remeber in new zealand so mine sud be just fine

happy gaming =)

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PlatformGamerNZ
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 4:25:15 AM
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well it never gets that hot from what i can remeber in new zealand so mine sud be just fine

happy gaming =)

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Nestore
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 @ 5:53:47 PM
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I would expect the PS4 to draw less power than the original PS3, but I would expect the super slim PS3 to draw less power than the PS4.

The high end chips of today draw less power than the high end of six years ago, but I would expect a process-improved version of six year old chips to draw less power than newer/fancier chips of today.

Is there any real evidence backing this claim?

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