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Using U.S. electronics [PlayStation 4] (120V / 60Hz) in a different country with a different electrical standard (220V / 50Hz); What is needed?

GBAstar 5,137 1,916 May 16, 2016 at 02:32 AM
Hello,

I'm looking to sell my launch PlayStation 4 console to a friend who will be returning to his home country (Argentina) after school is over at the end of the week.


He said the electrical standard there is 220V / 50Hz whereas I believe the U.S. NTSC PlayStation 4 console is designed to be run at 120V / 60Hz. Is he going to need a power converter or otherwise risk damaging the unit? Or will it work as is with no risk of harm?

If he needs a converter or adapter what type would be his best option?


Thanks for taking the time to respond, I wish I better understood these things

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you will need a (physical) plug adapter

you may need a voltage/freq adapter but it's unlikely. look at the power supply/pack for the PS for that.

Not sure if NTSC/PAL will be an issue here.
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Looks like Argentina is PAL and you you will need a voltage converter and plug convert.

The power converters are not a huge deal but there is some indication it might work out of the box. Checking the powersupply is the best way to know for sure. https://www.ifixit.com/Answers/Vi...0V+support
I would prefer to get a proper PS4 power supply for the 240v standard vs using a generic adapter. The power quality out of those adapters are pretty poor.

PAL is a bigger deal. It's hard and expensive to convert. It will most likey break HDCP, and then there is the matter of content. Games, DVD, Bluray etc your friend might by in Argintina may not work in an NTSC machine as they will be in PAL.

In the end I don't think it's a good buy for your friend. I would say sell the one you have in the USA and use that money to buy a proper Argentina compatible machine.
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Thanks for the replies!

That's a lot more to consider then I had originally thought.

I know the Sony consoles (at least PS3/PS4) use a very basic and common power cord shared by a lot of electronics but if you are referring to internal power supply then I have no idea.

I also didn't take into account the PAL/NTSC standard; I know games are region free, as are many blu-rays (ABC) but didn't realize it may have a problem displaying correctly depending on the TV being used.
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Quote from GBAstar View Post :
Thanks for the replies!

That's a lot more to consider then I had originally thought.

I know the Sony consoles (at least PS3/PS4) use a very basic and common power cord shared by a lot of electronics but if you are referring to internal power supply then I have no idea.

I also didn't take into account the PAL/NTSC standard; I know games are region free, as are many blu-rays (ABC) but didn't realize it may have a problem displaying correctly depending on the TV being used.
As far as power if the PS is internal then it will have a label somewhere listing input voltage.
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NTSC/PAL is less relevant with HDMI, iirc.

EDIT: different frame/sync rates even with HDMI... may or may not work depends on devices
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I was under the impression that the PAL/NTSC issue went away with LCD TV's. If your LCD or LED TV can take 60 hz it should be able to take 50. I thought it was CRT screens that had more issues since they were physically built to run at a specific frequency.

Most computer monitors don't care and are driven at lots of different rates, I assumed TV's are similar.

I have never heard of a 50 hz LCD.

Double Edit:
Retracted my link since after reading it I found it to be pointless. Most reading I have done tells me that a PS4 should work on any LCD TV.
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