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New Xbox 360 'E' Teardown: Found to be Easier to Repair

By - Source: iFixit | B 13 comments

Does different on the outside mean different on the inside?

Though most of Microsoft's E3 keynote focused on the Xbox One and associated content, the company also gave the current generation Xbox, the Xbox 360, a little love at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. To better fit in with the look and feel of the Xbox One, the Xbox 360 has been given a bit of a redesign, designated by some as the Xbox 360 E. The changes to the outside of the console are cosmetic, but the iFixit team set out to discover whether or not that has affected the inside of the console. More specifically, iFixit wanted to know if the new design would make the Xbox 360 harder to repair.

 

Handily enough, iFixit found that the case on this version of the Xbox 360 is actually easier to remove compared to the current generation model, and the console itself scored an impressive 8/10 on iFixit's repairability scale. Unfortunately, the team's adventures with the Xbox 360 E also revealed that the console has one fewer USB ports.

For all the photos and full details of the repair, head over to iFixit

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    makaveli316 , June 15, 2013 9:33 AM
    So essentially the consoles are some kind of mini itx systems, judging from this picture?
    So why all that confrontation between PC and Console, when they are both made the same way?
    The console is just a budget pc with no upgrade option.
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    Elwenil , June 15, 2013 9:48 AM
    Quote:
    So essentially the consoles are some kind of mini itx systems, judging from this picture?
    So why all that confrontation between PC and Console, when they are both made the same way?
    The console is just a budget pc with no upgrade option.


    Architecture is everything and both the current gen consoles are pretty similar in some ways and vastly different in other ways, the PS3 especially.

    More on topic, has the quality of electronics fallen to the point that we judge them based on how easy they are to repair? I think I would rather have one that doesn't break in the first place.
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    Amdlova , June 15, 2013 10:23 AM
    Easy to repair, Get another board original Bdrom (if have) and a original HDD for Unbelivible price...
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    southernshark , June 15, 2013 10:24 AM
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    More on topic, has the quality of electronics fallen to the point that we judge them based on how easy they are to repair? I think I would rather have one that doesn't break in the first place.


    Fallen???? Egads... you must be a millennium baby who grew up with an Ipod....

    The ability to repair and upgrade a PC was one of the defining traits of a great system back in the late 70s and early 80s. It was the ability to upgrade and repair the PC and Commodore 64 which gave them such a great stride over many competitors (including my own Atari 1200XL PC which could not be upgraded in any way). Every real teach enthusiast should be concerned about this. Instead of just wanting everything to come to you in a shiny package that you toss in the trash in six months.....
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    kyee7k , June 15, 2013 10:25 AM
    The heatsink plus fan combo is a nice addition.
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    unksol , June 15, 2013 11:08 AM
    Quote:
    So essentially the consoles are some kind of mini itx systems, judging from this picture?
    So why all that confrontation between PC and Console, when they are both made the same way?
    The console is just a budget pc with no upgrade option.


    SERIOUSLY? The fact that the way you plug PCBs together looks vaguely similar has NOTHING to do with the hardware. You basically going "it looks like a citcuit board with plugs".... Every circuit board looks like that. Xbox 360 architecture is ENTIRELY different from x86. They were not remotely compatible
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    Cryio , June 15, 2013 2:24 PM
    Technically you CAN upgrade your current-gen HDD with a faster one or an SSD. So consoles are at least in one way upgradeable. Some games really benefit from a faster disk.
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    yhikum , June 15, 2013 2:38 PM
    I would rather take electronic gadget I can mod easily. There are plenty of mods you can apply to current consoles. Proper, ethical or unnecessary is the question DYI type of people usually have to face.
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    Anonymous , June 15, 2013 6:53 PM
    Quote:
    So essentially the consoles are some kind of mini itx systems, judging from this picture?
    So why all that confrontation between PC and Console, when they are both made the same way?
    The console is just a budget pc with no upgrade option.



    You listed all the negatives and non of the positives -- Bias post is bias.

    The upgrade ability and variation of hardware in PCs also means you have to develop at a higher level. With fixed hardware & exact specs you can develop for purely 64-bit, high memory and on the hardware level. This is versus having to develop to support BOTH the few high end gamers and the throngs of out-of-date 32-bit dual core with 4gb of ram gamers, meaning compromise. So that's supporting low end hardware& low minimum specs, as well as not being able to use all kinds of hardware level optimizations.

    I love a lot of games that are PC only, and certainly some of the best genre are only on PC.. But I don't believe gaming systems are just all downside. I'll definitely be watching out come deal season.
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    magicandy , June 15, 2013 7:05 PM
    Wow, that is a super simplified console. I thought the picture with all the parts was leaving a bunch of ribbons and screws and such out, but nope, that's all the parts.

    Compared to opening a fat PS2 (very complicated getting to the mobo on most models and installing a 23-wire modchip was nightmarish) or even the original model 360 this is easy and quick as hell.
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    Elwenil , June 15, 2013 8:12 PM
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    Quote:

    More on topic, has the quality of electronics fallen to the point that we judge them based on how easy they are to repair? I think I would rather have one that doesn't break in the first place.


    Fallen???? Egads... you must be a millennium baby who grew up with an Ipod....

    The ability to repair and upgrade a PC was one of the defining traits of a great system back in the late 70s and early 80s. It was the ability to upgrade and repair the PC and Commodore 64 which gave them such a great stride over many competitors (including my own Atari 1200XL PC which could not be upgraded in any way). Every real teach enthusiast should be concerned about this. Instead of just wanting everything to come to you in a shiny package that you toss in the trash in six months.....


    Um, no. I grew up playing Pong if you are old enough to remember that. And what we are discussing is a Xbox 360 console, not a PC. A 360 is not something the average person can open up, diagnose and get parts for like a PC is. Plus when you build a PC, it's a given that the user has a certain amount of knowledge about building a PC, when someone buys a console, it's sort of expected that it will work for a while at least before sending it off for RROD or something similar. While all things are repairable at a certain level, I doubt many people buy consumer electronics based on how easy it is to take apart.
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    josejones , June 16, 2013 11:41 AM
    New Xbox 360 'E' Teardown: Found to be Easier to Repair

    So, they're expecting loads of repairs on the XBox One then. Ok, good to know. One more reason not to buy it.
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    xelliz , June 17, 2013 6:36 AM
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    New Xbox 360 'E' Teardown: Found to be Easier to Repair
    So, they're expecting loads of repairs on the XBox One then. Ok, good to know. One more reason not to buy it.

    Not that's completely not what they expecting/saying. Stop trying to apply your own bias to a statement made by a company that disassembles every electronic device that they can get their hands on.