We've seen how the PS4 handles heat from external sources, but how good is it at handling its own, self-generated hotness? That's what thermal cameras are for.
Planet Extech's Vatche Arabian fired up his new PS4 and aimed a FLIR E8 thermal camera at it to measure the distribution of heat in the console. His tests were first conducted with the unit standing vertically, however, readers of the site requested snaps of it sitting horizontally and Arabian was kind enough to oblige.
Over the course of updating the firmware, creating a profile and then leaving the unit on standby to let the controller charge, the console hit 30.2°C at its hottest — the measurement taken from the "top side" of the unit. Of course, what we want to see is how the console performs when playing games and for that, Arabian loads up Killzone: Shadow Fall.
After 30 minutes of play, the top registers 45.5°C at its peak, while the bottom clocks in at 49.4°C. Finally, a measurement is taken of the vents, which come in at 61.6°C.
As for the horizontal readings... the difference is only a couple of degrees with the biggest variance being the vents — 56°C. Note that this measurement was taken after three hours of play.
If you'd like to check out the images yourself, as well as Arabian's observations, hit up the link below.
Playstation 4 Thermal Images [Planet Extech]
Images: Planet Extech