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Xbox One iFixit Teardown: Is That All There Is?

by Brandon Russell | November 21, 2013November 21, 2013 1:30 pm PST

Microsoft’s new Xbox One is, especially compared to Sony’s new PlayStation 4, enormous. The unassuming black box is just hours away from hitting retail channels, but the folks over at iFixit have already torn the console down. And what do the console’s next generation guts look like? There are less components than you’d think, as you can see in the gallery above. That’s a good thing, because it means the console is pretty easy to repair.

iFixit says you only need a few tools to tear the console apart, and once you do get into the One’s innards, the components are layered, easy to access and easily replaceable. In fact, the drives, fan, heat sink, wireless card and front board can be replaced no problem. Unfortunately, unlike the Playstation 4, the Xbox One’s hard drive is difficult to access, and iFixit suspects it’s possibly formatted with a proprietary file system—if you plan on changing yours out, it’s best to wait until someone releases a full guide.

Otherwise, the console is merely held together by clips, not screws, and can be taken apart with everyday tools—after a few snack breaks, of course. Thankfully, the huge console is equipped with a “beefy cooling system,” which should hopefully mean users won’t run into any Red Ring of Death issues. Check out the source link for the full teardown.


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