Xbox One S iFixit teardown reveals easily replaceable component parts

xbox one s ifixit teardown reveals easy fixes review 5 1500x1000
Hardware disassembly and repair guide iFixit set its sights on Microsoft’s Xbox One S in its latest teardown feature, detailing the process involved in cracking the unit open and examining its innards for the sake of science.

iFixit’s findings peg the system as fairly easy to open, though replacing some of its key components may put users at risk of voiding Microsoft’s warranty.

Grading the console at an 8 out of 10 on its Repairability scale, iFixit claims that the Xbox One S can be fully disassembled using a set of Torx screwdrivers and bits, with tweezers and an additional flathead screwdriver further required for delicate repair work.

Evaluating the ability of Xbox One S owners to swap out components, iFixit found that the console’s disc drive, fan, PSU, heat sink, wireless board, and front daughterboard are “easily replaced.” Reassembly is also fairly painless, assuming that users can follow simple instructions and diagrams.

iFixit additionally revealed other rarely discussed facets of the Xbox One S’s design, including the unit’s new mechanical buttons that replace the capacitative touch panels featured on original Xbox One hardware. Noting that “Gamers with a toddler or wet-nosed pet know the pain of the ultra-sensitive power button on the original Xbox One,” iFixit assures that the new Xbox One S will suffer fewer ill-timed shutdowns with the new design.

Gamers looking to replace the console’s internal hard drive with an alternate storage solution should use caution, however. iFixit warns that removing the Xbox One S’s pre-installed hard drive will automatically void its warranty, and replacement drives will need to be specially formatted. Fortunately, Microsoft allows users to expand their Xbox One storage space via external hard drives, eliminating the need to replace the unit’s stock drive.

Controller repair could also prove troublesome, as iFixit discovered that new Xbox One controllers use a different set of Torx security screws in difficult-to-reach positions, demanding a separate set of screw bits and a pair of steady hands. Soldering skills are also necessary for replacing specific controller components.

Overall, iFixit describes the Xbox One S as being easier to open and repair than previously issued Xbox One consoles. Naturally, we don’t recommend tearing open a fully functional unit, but it’s comforting to know that many Xbox One S components are easily replaced in the event of a gaming disaster.


Consider an extended warranty plan if you buy a Surface Pro 6

Though Microsoft offers a standard one-year warranty on the Surface Pro 6, consumers may want to purchase an extended warranty plan if they intend on keeping their tablet longer due to the device's low repairability score.

Xbox One S vs. PlayStation 4 Slim: Which console is worth your money?

Microsoft's new Xbox One S and Sony's PlayStation 4 "Slim" have bucked the generational gaming console trend. But which of these stopgap systems is worth spending your paycheck on?

Have problems with your Xbox One? We have the solutions

The Xbox One has evolved over the years, but so have its problems. Thankfully, we have solutions for some of the console's most enduring problems, whether you're experiencing issues with connectivity or your discs.

These are the best Xbox One games out right now

More than four years into its lifespan, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From 'Cuphead' to 'Halo 5,' the best Xbox One games offer something for everyone.

How you can give your PS4 a fresh start with a factory reset

Learn the many ways you can factory reset your PS4. From reverting your settings to factory to doing a full wipe and reinstalling the latest PlayStation firmware, we cover it all here, step by step.

The Xbox app lets you access your console while away from home. Here's how

Microsoft's Xbox app can't do it all, but it does allow you to access your profile information and launch media content directly from your mobile device. Check out our quick guide on how to connect your smartphone to an Xbox One.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: A.I.-powered cat toys, wallets, food containers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift, HTC Vive head-to-head: Prices drop, but our favorite stays the same

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the two big names in the virtual-reality arena, but most people can only afford one. Our comparison tells you which is best when you pit the Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive.
Product Review

It's got game. But the Razer Phone 2 is still crippled by its camera

The Razer Phone 2 will impress with its gaming prowess and 120Hz screen. But if you care at all about taking pictures on your phone, skip it. While Razer has improved the camera, it’s still short of the competition.

The 'Fallout 76' beta starts tomorrow! Here's when it starts and how to join

Want to get into Bethesda's Fallout 76 beta? We don't know when the program will launch, but we provide instructions on how to get ready. The game officially launches on November 14.

This $8,000 ‘Devil May Cry 5’ edition will make the perfect plutocrat gift

We've had to wait 10 years for Devil May Cry 5, and Capcom is pulling out all the stops for the long awaited sequel. One of the limited editions, exclusive to Japan, costs $8,000 and includes a leather replica of Dante's jacket.

Play your games whenever you want with a MicroSD card for your Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch uses cartridge-based games, but its internal storage may fill up quicker than you would think. Here's what you should consider when picking out a microSD card to expand your Switch's storage capacity.

A blizzard of big news is coming to BlizzCon 2018! Here's how you can watch

Tickets for BlizzCon 2018 at the Anaheim Convention Center are sold out, but you can still watch the November 2-3 event at home for your all things Blizzard fix. The opening ceremony featuring all the major news is free to watch for…

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ players are upset over server downgrades

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 users have noticed some network issues caused by a significant drop in server send rates from the beta to the retail release. In response, Treyarch has said it will improve the performance in the coming weeks.