iFixit cracks open the Oculus Rift to see what makes it tick

By Shawn Knight · 5 replies
Mar 30, 2016
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  1. The Oculus Rift launched earlier this week to much fanfare. As the first of the “true” virtual reality platforms to arrive (and the reason we’re talking about them at all), the Oculus Rift has a lot riding on it. We’ve all seen the progression of hardware from the various developer kits to the final consumer version, but what does it look like on the inside?

    Fortunately, we have the experts at iFixit to provide those answers.

    The teardown specialists recently got their hands on a consumer version of the Rift and promptly got about dismantling it to see what makes it tick.

    After removing the foam face padding and unplugging the single cable, some small screws were found that secure the headphones in place. Next, they encountered a stretchy lycra material covering a thin plastic frame. With this out of the way, we get our first look at the headset’s innards.

    The team points out that the DK2 prototype used a single 1080p panel from Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 but the consumer version includes a pair of displays. The cowling was removed next which revealed some standard-issue ribbon cables, the control board for the IR LED array and the system’s main board.

    Each screen’s OLED measures in at 90mm which, combined, results in a pixel density of ~456 PPI. To put that into perspective, the screen on the iPhone 6s Plus checks in at 401 PPI while the new Galaxy S7 is much higher at 576 PPI.

    Also new with the consumer version are non-removable, asymmetric lenses that are thinner and weigh much less than their predecessors while performing the same job.

    All said and done, iFixit awarded the Oculus Rift a repairability score of seven out of 10 (the higher the number, the easier it is to repair). The team praised the unit’s improved cable management as well as the easily removable earpiece speakers and face pad. Getting inside the device is somewhat difficult, mostly due to the hidden internal clips securing the dust shield.

    Unfortunately, replacing the head strap is impossible without cutting through the fabric on the headset. What’s more, the Rift’s intricate internal design makes it very difficult to remove the lenses, displays and motherboard.

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  2. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 356   +203

    This toy is waaay to expensive, but I'm just curious: are those lenses easily replaceable to the prescription ones?
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  3. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,305   +648

    No thanks...after a couple versions, you can buy these for twenty bucks. ;)
    Robinson Ochoa likes this.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Essentially this is the Mk1 version. The Mk 20 should be far better and cheaper so I'll look forward to that one.
  5. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    So much negativity and normally it comes down to cost (I.e you lot can't afford it so it's immediately crap). If you tear down the actual device the cost to make it is virtually spot on with what the individual parts cost. Sure the price will come down over time, as production ramps up or individual components reduce in cost but you aren't going to see the sort of price drops you hoping for any time soon!

    I would hope in 12 months time is we start seeing package sets that either don't include the xbox one pad and instead include the vr pads and the cost is roughly $100 less than it costs today.
  6. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,101   +1,275

    From the article

    "What’s more, the Rift’s intricate internal design makes it very difficult to remove the lenses, displays and motherboard."

    So no, not unless your savvy.

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