Popular teardown and repairability analyzers iFixit have posted the results of their Xbox One S analysis. The Xbox One S scores a fairly decent 8/10 (10 is awarded for the easiest to repair). That’s also what the Original Xbox One scored, which is/isn’t surprising depending on how you think of it.
iFixit notes that it was quite easy tearing (opening, actually) apart the Xbox One S and didn’t require many tools or much effort. Here are of their points:
- Only a few tools are required to take the whole console apart.
- Once inside, a clean, no-nonsense modular design allows the drives, fan, heat sink, PSU, wireless board, and front daughterboard to be easily replaced.
- Fewer interlocking body panels and a simpler clip arrangement make opening this generation of Xbox easier than its senior.
- Replacing the hard drive will require both voiding your warranty and some difficult hackery to make it serviceable.
It’s also worth noting that there are rubber bumpers around the optical drive that should keep the console quiet when a disc is in use, a massive fan and an Easter egg featuring Master Chief on the optical drive covering.
Check out the full teardown here.