iFixit's Xbox One Teardown Reveals Off-the-Shelf, Easily Replaced Components

By Gerald Lynch on at

It's the priciest of all the next-gen consoles at £429, so how easy is it to perform a little DIY surgery on the Xbox One? According to the iFixit teams, it should be reasonably simple, given a host of off-the-shelf components are in use.

Tearing off the casing, the Xbox One is revealed to have a 500GB HDD in a standard SATA II 2.5-inch format. It's a Samsung Spinpoint model with an 8MB cache, and shouldn't be too tough to track down should it break, and just as easy to find a more capacious alternative. Elsewhere things should look relatively familiar to anyone comfortable with PC internals, with the Blu-ray/DVD drive hooking up to the motherboard over a standard SATA data connector.

As for getting inside, that may prove a little tougher. The hard drive is hidden delicately behind the Wi-Fi and system speaker array, but at least 64mm Torx screws are used in favour of glue in most cases.

Overall, the Xbox One managed a repairability score of 8 out of 10. With the easiest gadgets to fix represented by a score of 10, that's a very respectable score indeed for Microsoft's new machine. [iFixit]