Are you planning on getting yourself the new Xbox One S? If you are, and if you are planning on keeping it around for a long time, knowing that the console is repairable is obviously important. The good news is that according to the folks at iFixit, they have given the console the teardown treatment and found it to be highly repairable.
To be more specific, iFixit has given the Xbox One S a repairable score of 8 out of 10. According to them, one of the reasons is that it is because few tools are needed to open up the console and access its innards. The modular design inside the console also provides easy access to the parts that you want, and the fact that there are less interlocking body panels means opening up the console is less of a chore and less prone to user damage.
However iFixit also points out that one of the drawbacks to the Xbox One S would be its hard drive, in which replacing it would void your warranty and will need a bit of hacking to make it “serviceable”. Interestingly enough the Xbox One S teardown score is the same as its predecessor, the Xbox One, which also scored an 8 out 10 back in 2013.
The criticisms were the same with the Xbox One, which is that replacing the hard drive would void your warranty. Based on this, we have to wonder if the upcoming Project Scorpio from Microsoft would fare any better, or could it be worse due to the difference in hardware?