Xbox One Kinect Torn Down, Exposed by iFixit

Microsoft's Kinect plays a huge role in the Xbox One experience. In fact, Microsoft believes that the Kinect sensor is so important, the company won't let you buy an Xbox One without it. The folks at iFixit tore down Microsoft's brand new Xbox One yesterday and now it's the Kinect 2's turn.

While iFixit found that the internal design is less complicated than the first generation, the team also found that not much can be replaced. These things combined earned the console a 6 out of 10 on iFixit's repairability scale.

So, what makes the Kinect 2 tick? iFixit counted one 'regular' camera as well as one IR camera and three IR emitters. There was also a 5 volt DC fan, and Samsung-made SDRAM. Microsoft has also moved the IR projector, which means instead of three 'eyes' staring back at you from the front of the device, Kinect just has two.

Check out the full gallery of photos and the full instructions for teardown over on iFixit.

Check out what we thought of the Xbox One in our review here.

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  • sean1357
    Wait for couple months. You will see China version of Kinect....
  • jigawatt
    Due to the huge lack in wheel support (such as my G27), and the mandatory Kinect, I have zero interest in the console.
  • damianrobertjones
    Any chance of a Surface 2/Pro 2 review as you're now, pretty much, the ONLY tech site that hasn't bothered