Xbox One teardown reveals standard PC hardware components

By Shawn Knight · 29 replies
Nov 21, 2013
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  1. Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One recently found its way to the operating table of teardown specialist iFixit. The team discovered the next generation console uses a number of off-the-shelf hardware components including a standard 2.5-inch hard drive.

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  2. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 922   +489

    Hmmm... lets hop MS acknowledges that the HDD is easily replaceable and supports it in the near future...

    I also expect that the reason that they don't right now is to dissuade small time hackers from trying to hack it (and hopefully they'll feel confident enough to reverse that stance eventually).
  3. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,885   +1,033

    Earned a 8 out of 10 for being easy to repair? I think you used the wrong word here. Maybe easy to take apart, but not easy to repair. What happens when the power light turns red, the HD stops spinning and/or the GPU displays rainbows/lines in games?
    Just gonna pop another GPU in there? Nope, your not. You ain't repairing sh!t. Your sending it back to Big M for their special OS, with special parameters, or if its hardware your definitely screwed trying to fix a console using specific unchangeable soldered hardware.
    Steve likes this.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,403   +3,415

    I'm reading 8 out of 10.
  5. Sunny87

    Sunny87 TS Enthusiast Posts: 115   +11

    Reminds me of the actual original Xbox one inside, standard PC box basically.
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    That is quite a hefty heatsink for a console (seems larger than a standard one that comes with every CPU). Very interesting indeed.
  7. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,095   +864

    The Graphics card is built into the same silicon, so it probably gets quite hot xD

    It's just a shame (unlike the original Xbox) it's not pushing any specification boundaries.

    This was one of my biggest bug bears with the past two Xboxs, I found the PS3 loaded substantially faster with a better HDD in, on these new consoles relying so much on the HDD's now it's even more important the HDD is big and fast, I do hope MS allows users to change the Hard Drive for a bigger, faster one.
  8. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Guru Posts: 337   +67

    as MS are going living room centric they have over sized the heatsink so the fan runs quiet
  9. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    I doubt it. Since there is no external way of removing the HDD without opening up the chassis it stands to reason that opening up your Xbox One to replace the HDD will void the warranty. I don't know why they did this as the HDD on the 360 was easy to replace even if it was a proprietary drive.

    Also, as iFixit said, it is unknown if the Xbox One will even format the new hard drive.
  10. My Smart phone is superior to this crap.
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,403   +3,415

    Prove it!
  12. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    It is, isn't it? I'm curious if they ever check the thermals and audio noise from these boxes. I'm curious if this is as quiet as Microsoft claimed it would be.
  13. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Real gamers cool their XBone with moisture!
  14. drjekel_mrhyde

    drjekel_mrhyde TS Rookie Posts: 101   +7

    If you look at ifixit 14th step it shows 3 SATA connectors
  15. drjekel_mrhyde

    drjekel_mrhyde TS Rookie Posts: 101   +7

    Jumped too fast it's only two, it looks like 3 because of how the HDD cable is resting
  16. yeah, but can your smartphone run Crysis?
    can your smartphone show BSOD?
  17. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,003   +661

    With the CPU fan "reversed" it doubles as an exhaust, so hopefully no RROD's this time around, but the PS4 definitely wins in the internal design department.
  18. So Xbox One have an external PSU ?
  19. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,095   +864

    Yes, just like the Xbox 360.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  20. Actually this is an endorsement of SteamOs. Why locking yourself in into the walled garden of either Microsoft or Sony and be forced to follow their upgrade cycle. SteamOs may well prove to do to MS what MS did to IBM with DOS in creating an open true market for the hardware. SteamOS runs on standard PC hardware which can be tailored to both the games to be played as well as your budget. So instead of a proprietary console supplier locking you in there are a host of component suppliers competing for your dollars. Having open upgradeable hardware and a free OS will cut consolemakers and their DRM protected profit streams out of the loop. Game developers will have one portal less cutting their profit to pass through.

    BTW this captcha is f*&king!
  21. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 422   +160

    Where is the RAM? Is it the black squares around the CPU on the motherboard?
  22. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 422   +160

    I just checked the iFixit article and it is:
    16x SK Hynix H5TQ4G63AFR 4 Gb (512 MB) DDR3 SDRAM (total of 16 x 512 MB = 8 GB)
    9Nails likes this.
  23. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,885   +1,033

    Thanks typo police! Such a useful comment deserves a like! Your welcome!
  24. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,403   +3,415

    Sarcasm after being corrected. That is so funny. Not the sarcasm but the need to use it after being corrected. I will be the better man and stop the name calling here where we are now.
  25. No kidding, right?

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