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Oculus Rift VR headset is easy to repair, at least for developers

Developers will have no problem cracking open the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that connects to a PC and plays 3D games

Developers will have no problem cracking open the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that connects to a PC and plays 3D games.

That's the conclusion from iFixit in its Oculus Rift teardown. The group, which sells repair parts and offers free repair manuals online, gave the Oculus Rift Development Kit a repairability score of 9 out of 10.

To get inside the Oculus Rift, you only need a Phillips #1 screwdriver and a plastic opening tool or something similar to pry the frame apart.

A small amount of foam adhesive secures the Rift's display against the front panel, but other than that, there's no other type of glue holding the device together, iFixit said.

Other than the repair-friendliness, iFixit's teardown doesn't reveal any secrets about the Oculus Rift. But that's no surprise; the headset is designed almost entirely from off-the-shelf parts.

Many of those components, like the six-axis accelerometer and 7-inch, 1280-by-800-pixel display, are similar to what you'd find in a smartphone or tablet. The only noteworthy custom part is the Oculus Tracker V2 board, which is designed to cut down on latency with refresh rates up 1000 Hz. Oculus VR has already talked about that sensor in detail.

Keep in mind that iFixit's high repairability score only applies to the developer version of the Rift, which is shipping now to Kickstarter backers. That same kit is now available for pre-order for $300, with an estimated May ship date. It's unclear what the final product will look like, when it will ship, how much it will cost, and how easy to repair it will be.

For more on the Oculus Rift, check out PCWorld's hands-on with the virtual reality headset from CES.


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