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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People are up in arms because of the mandatory Kinect like without it they wouldn't spy on you. Did you see the new PSN agreement? The PS4 now spies on you and can allow game devs to not allow you to use a used game.
And you are complaining a gaming wheel developed by a PC peripheral company for a PC does not work with a console. That is like me complaining that a SNES controller does not work with my PC.
I'm so very glad they broke this down, I was really looking forward to seeing one all taken apart!
true but ms takes it a step further and actually spies not only on what you are doing on xbox one but you yourself with Kinect.
My 12 year old PC peripherals AND G27 works with my PS3, and with full support. My disappointment IS relevant... the new consoles are more like a PC than ever... yet M$ is more interested in locking out accessories to force people into buying newer proprietary hardware just so it can work with their console, all the while taking in more $$$ on royalty fees for proprietary accessories. Heaven forbid a USB device to work on a console that has USB ports... it is sad, really.