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

Alice

Member
Nov 2, 2017
5,327
External PSUs save a lot of space for heatsinks and ventilation, this is a no-brainer.
 

Sapo84

Member
Oct 31, 2017
153
They're probably too large for a console, but it makes me wonder if server-style power supplies would be feasible:


Internal to the system, but standardized and easily replaced if it dies.
I would honestly do without cramped PSU with ultra-loud 40mm fan (and you will need a fan for a server-style PSU since there would be no air circulation otherwise).

Anyway, a well designed console with internal PSU would have no heat or noise problem, for sure not with 90+ efficiency power supply like it should be the norm in 2020.
I really see no advantages in having an external power supplies as long as we get a quality internal one (the only power supplies I've seen die are the cheap one, and it's not like changing the internal PSU of a PlayStation is difficult anyway) while I appreciate saving some space below my TV since consoles, soundbar and decoders do already take up a lot of space.
 

SlothmanAllen

Member
Oct 28, 2017
1,592
I guess it all really depends on how small a ~300 watt (or whatever the power draw for PS5/Xbox 4 is) PSU can be made.
 

Pargon

Member
Oct 27, 2017
4,190
I would honestly do without cramped PSU with ultra-loud 40mm fan (and you will need a fan for a server-style PSU since there would be no air circulation otherwise).
I mean, obviously you don't want what goes inside a high-end server, since they have very small PSUs relative to their power rating and noise is not a concern so they have the loudest fans ever.
But you could have a 150-200W PSU in a similar enclosure with a low RPM fan in there - similar in size to the 360/One power bricks (which also have fans) but you have the benefit of it being both internal, and easily replaced.
 

MartinB105

Member
Nov 8, 2017
2,165
As someone who often takes my consoles on planes, anything that keeps the space down is a good thing, so internal it is. I've never had issues with noise though on either my launch PS4 or my launch PS4 Pro.
 

Raide

Member
Oct 31, 2017
9,021
If external meant more power in the system, that would be OK but I think internal is the best idea.
 

Neo-Saiyan

Member
Oct 27, 2017
212
Birmingham, UK
External, because I when I used to import alot of the older consoles from the states, all I had to do was switch to a UK power brick, no messing about with step-down transformers or risk frying the console if it had an internal power supply.
 

-shadow-

Member
Oct 25, 2017
4,199
Can we get a hybrid like the N64 had? Easy to replace if it gives up and doesn't take up space either.
 

Zafir

Member
Oct 25, 2017
3,202
In an ideal world I'd want it internal but with how loud as hell the PS4 can get I'd happily give up the convenience for the sake of quietness.
 

CHC

Member
Oct 27, 2017
3,279
I like external since I keep my surge protector and cable ends in an organizer box that hides it all. So I'd rather have bulkiness where I can't see it rather than in plain view.

I don't really have strong feelings about it, though
 

Velezcora

Member
Nov 16, 2017
2,652
External bricks mean its easier to import or take your consoles with you if you move abroad as you can just buy a new psu fit for your region instead of relying on a power converter
 

Symphony

Member
Oct 27, 2017
1,312
Voted external because until multi-voltage becomes standard across all electrical equipment, I'd rather have the ability to just buy a local power brick rather than a beefy stepdown converter.
 

JustinH

Member
Oct 27, 2017
3,849
External bricks mean its easier to import or take your consoles with you if you move abroad as you can just buy a new psu fit for your region instead of relying on a power converter
Voted external because until multi-voltage becomes standard across all electrical equipment, I'd rather have the ability to just buy a local power brick rather than a beefy stepdown converter.
That's an interesting point I never even considered. I guess it wouldn't ever effect me, but it's something I could see being pretty important to some people.
 

Siresly

Member
Oct 27, 2017
1,569
Preferable if they can manage a design with the PSU on the inside without any notable downsides.
But if an external PSU makes for a significant enough temperature or noise decrease, then I'd take a brick on the floor behind the TV that I never see again and forget exists five minutes after I've plugged it in.