When it comes to new hardware, unboxing videos tend to get all the glory, but I’ve always been more partial to the full hardware teardown. It’s conclusive evidence that the console has grown from a theoretical piece of hardware into a real, finished product that with magic computer guts inside. It’s like a bar mitzvah where the man of honor gets taken apart with a tiny screwdriver by the rabbi.
Now, thanks to a new video from Wired, the PS4 has finally reached that all-important milestone. In the five-and-a-half-minute clip, Sony engineering director Yasuhiro Ootori meticulously disassembles the console, explaining the function of each individual component.
You can watch the full teardown embedded below or, if you prefer, over at Wired.
Also on Wired is a gallery of photos from the teardown, offering a clearer look at the internals and how they all fit together. If the sight of circuit boards gets your heart all aflutter, you won’t be disappointed.
The PlayStation 4 launches in North America exactly one week from today, on November 15.