iFixit rips open the Oculus Rift, finds it super easy to repair


 

The Oculus Rift is upcoming virtual reality head-mounted display for video games that is currently being developed by Oculus VR. Online repair manual iFixit got their hands on a developer edition of the device so as per usual they decided to do a teardown.

During the teardown they found that Oculus Rift has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, however that's 640 x 400 per eye. It has a horizontal field of view greater than 90 degrees and a diagonal field of view greater than 110 degrees. Inside it contains a 1000GZ absolute 9DOF orientation sensor, which includes a gyroscope, magnetometer, and accelerometer for head tracking.

 

 

For repairability iFixit scored the Oculus Rift Development Kit a 9 out of 10 noting the entire device can be taken apart in less than 10 minutes, mostly thanks to standard Phillips #1 coarse thread screws, standard clips on the perimeter and two foam adhesive pads that hold the LCD in place. However they did note that Kapton tape is used to hold some cables together, which should be replaced with new tape if the product is disassembled.

While the repairability is almost perfect do remember that this is only a developer kit so things could change massively when it hits production.

You can hit the source link to view the entire teardown.

Source: iFixit

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I'm looking forward for this to come out . I have tried some of the 3d items in the past and did not like them very much . This looks to be something that will make some changes in how we use 3D .

Damn it looks like fun. Hope it performs well, not interested in being a pioneer myself, but price seems pretty reasonable if it works as advertised and gets some support from game devs.

Shiranui said,
Any details on eye-strain when using this for long periods?

I'd wager just as bad as watching TV in the dark from 10 feet away.

Shiranui said,
Any details on eye-strain when using this for long periods?

No, but they say the optics are such that you spend the entire time focused on a far plane, which relieves some eye strain.

Sorry, this is complete rubbish, this is a DEVELOPER KIT, NOT a production kit.
Xbox 360 development kits were very easy to hack, production kits are not, EVERYTHING changes in production.

We make that clear in the article. You are correct, it could change in a final version however we found it interesting enough to post as it will be nice to see the difference between this and the retail version.

xstex said,
We make that clear in the article. You are correct, it could change in a final version however we found it interesting enough to post as it will be nice to see the difference between this and the retail version.

Are you the ifixit dude?

Nope, not sure what would give you that impression. I wrote this post on Neowin, I'm not the guys who ripped it open.

"While the repairability is almost perfect do remember that this is only a developer kit so things could change massively when it hits production."

LucySilver said,
"While the repairability is almost perfect do remember that this is only a developer kit so things could change massively when it hits production."

like the screen supporting full HD (1920×1080)

Consumer version: >=1920x1080