To get an early peek inside Microsoft’s Xbox One, gadget repair outfit iFixit worked the time zone and bought one in New Zealand where it’s already Nov. 22.
The teardown revealed an enormous fan and heatsink – Microsoft’s hoping to avoid another overheating issue – and relatively easy to replace components. The company gave the console an 8 out of 10 score for ease of repair.
There’s a standard 500 gigabyte hard-drive inside that would be fairly easy to replace with a larger drive, like you can on Sony’s PlayStation 4, but that’s not allowed by Microsoft. Here’s the company’s official statement on increasing storage:
Xbox One includes a built in 500GB hard drive and unlimited storage in the cloud. While not available at launch, we are also working to bring the ability to add storage using a USB 3 attached external drive to Xbox One.
I was hoping that there might be a TV tuner hidden inside, ready to turn the Xbox One into a full-blown DVR, but no such luck.
Here are a few more images from the teardown:
The components are similar to what’s inside Sony’s PlayStation 4 but that console’s teardown revealed a relatively puny fan compared to the Xbox One’s: