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With claims of hard drives dying, LEDs trying to turn into bright lights at the end of the tunnel and HDMI ports failing users due to a slight metal piece being bent out of place, it's starting to sound like PlayStation 4 owners might have to put on the big-gamer pants and learn how to repair like their rival Glorious PC Master Race members. Well, good news: The PS4 is easy to repair, scoring an 8 out of 10 on the repairability scale.
Tom's Hardware picked up a video from tech hardware and repair outlet iFixit.com.
The video embedded above gives a four minute walkthrough of taking your PlayStation 4 apart; what the system looks like inside and putting your PS4 back together. The process is extremely streamlined and showcases just how conveniently designed the PS4 really is.
I was most impressed with the way the power-brick is insulated in the console with the ports attached to it. It's such an awesome way to keep things symmetrically aligned and all in one place. I was extremely curious how Sony was going to handle the power supply, and they did a marvelous job with the architecture... I guess you could say Mark Cerny really Cernified the PS4, eh? I mean, it received Cernification for being sleek and stylish, eh? It's like complete Cernedipity that the system looks good, runs well and has a compact design, eh, eh?
The site iFixIt highlights that the lack of adhesives makes it easy for users to open up the system and bungle around in the guts of the PS4 like a bunch of kids playing Operation, without worrying about not being able to competently or easily putting the thing back together. A few simple Torx screws coming off and you're good to go fishing inside the PS4, about as easy as getting laid at a frat party by submitting a hormone-driven college student to a few cheesy one-liners and some cheap beer.
In addition to the lack of adhesives, iFixIt also points out that the hard drive is a breeze to replace. Even Gaming Blend's own Ryan Winslett noted that the hard drive replacement was a cinch, given that you don't have to void your warranty to replace the hard drive and you can easily and conveniently upgrade to something that suits the needs of your desired gaming storage capacity.
There are two downsides, however, and it's that in order to clean out the fan you will have to break warranty (so it's advised you take your PS4 to an actual repair workshop or send it back to Sony to get it professionally cleaned if you fear the fan may be clogged with dust) and that the oblique design affords for some sharp edges on the midplane. But by all accounts if you've ever replaced anything inside a PC hard case, you know what sharp corners and right angles to look out for. It's just rudimentary hardware repair 101.