New Xbox 360 gets autopsied, easy repairability

At E3, Microsoft announced that they would be releasing an updated Xbox 360 and in unusual Microsoft fashion, they released the console the same day. With the device out in the wild, it was only a matter of time before someone took the new console and opened it up to see what changes Microsoft made under the hood.

The crew over at iFixit has taken the liberty of poring over all the details of the new Xbox. Fortunately, it looks like the new console is easy to repair and received an 8 out of 10 rating, with 10 being the easiest to service. 

The internals of the new Xbox are highly modular, which makes replacing components quite easy. In addition, the hard drive can be replaced but does require a proprietary Xbox hard drive (same as previous versions of the console).

The new console is out on store shelves now, and while Microsoft did not cut the price with the release, we would expect that the new design was able to streamline production that may lead the way to a future price cut down the road.

Source/Image Creidt: iFixIt | Thanks for the tip @pureinfotech!

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brianshapiro said,
Autopsy would suggest that it died and they were trying to determine the cause of death. Dissected makes more sense.

With the Xbox they used, yes. But this article was aiming at describing how easy a broken Xbox would be to repair it... Which implies it's not working in the first place.

brianshapiro said,
Autopsy would suggest that it died and they were trying to determine the cause of death. Dissected makes more sense.

Scientists don't general dissect living things either, you know.

TCLN Ryster said,

Scientists don't general dissect living things either, you know.

If the XBox was turned off I wouldn't count it as living If it were turned on it while dissected would be vivisection.

Does this new unit have a dedicated Kinect port? Again, I have the oldest model and use the USB dongle. If it does have a dedicated port, maybe that's the reason for one less USB?

It has one less than the Slim, and both have the dedicated Kinect port. Still, this leaves you with two USB ports on the back, and two on the front. Shouldn't be an issue I would hope

warwagon said,
Now we just need a softmod

No doubt, Team Xecuter will be all over this in a matter of weeks with an RGH or flash.

I'm gonna go out on a limb, and say that is not gonna happen. The thing is locked down like a mofo. Hardware mods are great though.

deadonthefloor said,

Hardware mods are illegal in my country.

All hardwre mods or just efforts that circumvent you playing backups?

Yeah I'd like to see a size comparison. It seems much smaller. The DVD drive looks like it's more than 50% of the volume now. I really would have liked to see how small they could have made the Xbox 360 without the DVD drive.

If they could remove the disc drive eventually and redesign the motherboard to stack it vertically like Gamecube I think they would have a box that was smaller than the old HD DVD add-on for Xbox 360. Was really hoping they could let you attach one of these to the Xbox One over USB 3.0 for backwards compatibility.

tuckeratlarge said,
Just bought a slim a week ago, then they release this. No matter it's just cosmetic and not radically different.

It won't make a difference if you keep with the currently you have, or exchange it with this one.

To add my opinion: I like the 360 Slim design better. The real advantage of this model is how small it is. So if you want to have your space as clear as possible, then get this one.

I'm not trying to tell you which way to go but the point of this article was to point out how it's modular and a lot easier to replace parts. That to me would mean that if it's within the return policy, I would go exchange it just for that reason. If it's easier to repair, that's worth the exchange. I don't care about the differences between the two; I just think that I would want the one easiest to repair if something goes wrong.