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Xbox One teardown reveals huge fan, easy repairability


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The Xbox One goes on sale today, and it’s already been cracked open to reveal what’s going on inside. The answer: something big.

Microsoft experience all manner of problems during the life of the Xbox 360 thanks to insufficient cooling. It led to the infamous 'Red Ring of Death' issue and millions of pounds worth of fixes and replacements for the company.

It’s not making the same mistake twice, judging from a recent teardown of the Xbox One by repair specialist iFixit.

Among the assorted PC-grade components, the teardown revealed an absolutely huge cooling fan which, in conjunction with a heatsink, should prove the right amount of heat dissipation for the device’s CPU - and then some.

At 112mm in diameter, the Xbox One’s cooling fan is bigger than its off-the-shelf 2.5-inch 500GB hard drive, and dwarfs the PS4 equivalent by 27mm. Considering the PS4 is accepted to be the more powerful device, this either seems like overkill on Microsoft’s part or foolhardiness on Sony’s.

Other points of note gleaned from the teardown - the Xbox One is extremely easy to get into and repairable, with many off-the-shelf PC components and standard screws, resulting in an 8 out of 10 repairability score.

There’s also a speaker hidden within the unit itself, which is rather odd.

It’s worth noting that the PlayStation 4 also received an 8 out of 10 repairability score from the same site, so smaller and more technical doesn’t necessarily have to mean more awkward when it comes to your next generation console.

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Hamish Campbell

November 22, 2013, 9:54 am

But presumably the parts aren't replaceable except with Microsoft parts, with some software making it hard to use 3rd party items ??

Alex Walsh

November 22, 2013, 10:53 am

I've read comments that the XBO runs hotter than the PS4, which seems really odd given the similar innards and the PSU in the much smaller PS4.


November 22, 2013, 7:46 pm

I would suggest they are being over cautious about the noise it might generate since it's being pitched as a media play-through device, so needs to be on while you watch tv, unlike the PS4 which is being pitched as a pure gaming device. The noise of the xbox 360 was too much of a distraction to consider it as a media player, so it's a good move in my opinion.


November 23, 2013, 12:19 pm

The hard drive, DVD drive and fan should be replaceable. The hard drive is the most important. Third party fan replacements should appear with hopefully some water cooled all-in-one solutions being available.

Motherboard cannot be replaced, at least not at a reasonable price.

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