External or internal power supply for consoles?

Next Gen: internal or external PSU?

  • External brick please!

    Votes: 157 31.1%
  • Internal power please!

    Votes: 276 54.7%
  • Mini coal-fired power station boxed with every console

    Votes: 34 6.7%
  • Either; I'm a fence-sitting coward

    Votes: 38 7.5%

  • Total voters
    505

Overflow

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Oct 29, 2017
1,860
Wollongong
This is a topic that I have observed as being very divisive. Personally, having owned a PS4 Pro since launch, I am really hoping that Sony opt for an external power brick in the PlayStation 5.

There's advantages to both design philosophies, but I'm definitely willing to sacrifice convenience and aesthetic if it means my console doesn't run crazy hot/loud.

Thoughts? What would you like Sony/MS to do?
 

Aranjah

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Oct 27, 2017
1,191
I was kinda ambivalent on it before, but after the power brick died on my Xbox One a few months back, I'm glad I just had to replace that one afternoon rather than sending the whole console in for repairs. Unfortunately the replacement is third-party and is loud as shit. :/ I can hear it from a couple rooms away.
 

ThreepQuest64

Avenger
Oct 29, 2017
3,235
Germany
Internal ones have advantages when you carry them over to your friend's or with you on vacation. Less to carry, a bit easier to set up because you only need a cable and you aren't screwed if you forget to bring it. On the other hand those consoles are meant to be stationary, and for that I prefer less heat, less noise and therefore an external one. And as someone just mentioned it, if the external PU dies you just buy a new one without sending in your console for days or weeks.
 

devSin

Member
Oct 27, 2017
4,012
The fan is for the CPU and GPU. The power supply isn't the problem.

An external power supply is simply admitting the fact that you don't know what you're doing in designing your hardware.
 

QuantumZebra

Member
Oct 27, 2017
2,071
The fan is for the CPU and GPU. The power supply isn't the problem.

An external power supply is simply admitting the fact that you don't know what you're doing in designing your hardware.
hard truths

my launch PS4 sounded like a jet turbine but never had a power supply issue ... hell my 1st revision PS3 is still chugging...

a good surge protector goes a long way too
 

Pyro

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Jul 30, 2018
3,120
United States
Internal. I think all controllers going forward will have headphone jacks (which I always use) so I won’t have to hear it if it does so happen to sound like a jet engine.
 

IIFloodyII

Member
Oct 26, 2017
11,513
Internal I guess, just because less wire or brick to mess with, but it's right down there on the list of stuff I care about.
 

Onix555

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Apr 23, 2019
505
UK
PSU's are the most likely unit, next to drives, in hardware to fail.

External bricks allow users to easily replace broken supplies, while also producing less heat in the consoles and extending their lifetime.
 

TK-421

Member
Nov 30, 2017
376
Death Star
External, easier to replace. I had to deal with this when my Xbox One X PSU died and I had to send it back to Microsoft which took almost 3 weeks.
 

Cass_Se

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Oct 25, 2017
1,086
Launch day 360's power brick kept me warm through more than one winter, for what that's worth
 

Bessy67

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Oct 29, 2017
1,747
I don't have a strong preference either way but I guess if I had to pick I'd be in favor of external. It just sits behind my TV stand anyways, can be easily replaced if it fails and isn't contributing to more heat inside the console itself.
 

LazyLain

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Jan 17, 2019
1,571
My launch PS4's PSU died on me in 2016, so I can definitely see the case for external PSUs.
 

Krejlooc

Indie Game Dev
Verified
Oct 27, 2017
20,436
I've been going through an replacing internal PSUs in many of my retro consoles -- Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, Amiga 1000, Atari ST, etc -- With Pico PSUs so I can use external power supplies, because it's way, waaaaay easier to replace a dead external PSU than a dead internal one.

External all the way.
 

muteKi

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Oct 22, 2018
11,151
a sunken pirate ship
External ones are easier to replace and other than that it doesn't really matter. Just as long as it's not the large ones with the plug in the brick in the pre-N64 era. Those were dark times.
 

J_ToSaveTheDay

Avenger
Oct 25, 2017
3,752
USA
If an external power brick helps alleviate internal system temperatures and therefore prevent it from overpowering my audio environment while I game like pretty much every current gen console does, then make it external please. The fan noise issue has been significant for me this generation across every PS4 and XB1 SKU except the base XB1 (both the OG and the S). Launch PS4 and launch PS4 Pro got intolerably loud and whiny over time and my XB1X was nearing the same noise levels in some more intensive games and it was just naggingly stupid. I really hope my new model Pro stays as quiet as it’s been, 3 other consoles this generation just straight up got annoying to use.
 

affeinvasion

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Oct 26, 2017
1,517
The only advantage of internal I can think of is aesthetics, which is subjective anyway. Is there any real benefit to having an internal one?
 

Hesemonni

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Oct 27, 2017
1,788
Whilst I really like the idea of having a compact console I just have everything tucked away so less heat sources inside the better. So external.
 

Faenix1

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Oct 27, 2017
1,362
Canada
I'd prefer an internal one, unless both sides of the wire are crazy long - my TV has a brick and it's maybe two feet on both sides. Fucking nightmare to get it in a spot where it's not in the way.
 

daxy

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Oct 25, 2017
8,628
If an external one keeps temps lower and cuts down the size of the console itself, that. You can just tuck it away whereas the console needs to be accessible/in view.
 

Pasha

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Jan 27, 2018
1,458
External.
There is near zero benefit to an internal PSU, aside from very slight convenience in certain situations.
External on the other hand can reduce the heat inside the console, making it less noisy, and if your PSU ever fails you can easily replace it without changing the whole console.
 

Krejlooc

Indie Game Dev
Verified
Oct 27, 2017
20,436
The bunk-ass PSU in the Dreamcast is actually the main reason it has that holy-shit loud fan in it. With a PicoPSU and external power supply, the dreamcast itself runs way, waaaay cooler.

Look at this piece of shit:



Disgusting.
 

hikarutilmitt

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Dec 16, 2017
3,436
It depends on it if affects the thermals of the system in a significant way. I appreciate the size of the Wii and Wii U and how easily they can fit underneath a TV bezel on a shelf. The PS4 barely fits underneath my living room TV, so a Pro is always out of the question unless I move it down to a lower shelf (that I don't have room for, really). I'm hoping the PS5 can still fit under the TV, and if it cannot, that it can be a little less deep to be able to fit onto a shelf more easily.
 

Fisty

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Oct 25, 2017
6,265
I am fine with bricks if the trade off is worth it. Internal definitely adds a bit of a "sleek" quality to the hardware though
 
Dec 25, 2018
1,288
depends, Xbox 360's external power supply still made mine sound like a nuclear power plant. Had a PS2 slim with built in PSU, it was dead quiet. Really just depends on the design of the system I guess.

PS2 35000 PSU, what a monster system model. holy grail of Fat PS2's.
 

Baconmonk

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Oct 26, 2017
4,813
Doesn't matter to me. Just make sure your console is cooled well without sounding like a wind tunnel and I'm all gucci.
 

RivalGT

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Dec 13, 2017
1,453
I have enough cables going around as it is, I dont need little boxes next to them. Internal is what I would want, so what PS4, and xbox one have now, not the OG xbox one.