Two highly anticipated gaming hardware products have emerged in recent months and like the Oculus Rift before it, the Android-powered Ouya game console has passed iFixit's repairability test with flying colors.
The teardown site recently got its hands on one of the retail-ready consoles Ouya plans to release on June 4, giving the system a 9 out of 10 on its repairability scale. That's the same score afforded to Oculus VR's virtual reality headset last month—the major difference being that the Oculus Rift examined by iFixit was a prototype, not the final version.
"The small cube (and its controller) came apart with little difficulty. Those with long-haired pets will appreciate that it takes about five minutes to pop open and clean out the heatsink and fan," iFixit said of the Ouya it tore down.
Inside the console, iFixit wasn't expecting to find "ten-core processors and eight bajillion gigs of RAM." Instead, the Ouya sports an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage with expansion options—described by the teardown site as "price-appropriate tech specs" given the system's low, low $99 price tag.
The Ouya supports both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity. Ports on the back side of the console include Micro-USB, Ethernet, HDMI, USB 2.0, and a plug for the power cord. The package sent to iFixit also included one Bluetooth-enabled game controller, which the site also took apart.
Interestingly, one side of the Ouya has an engraved list of people who invested $10,000 or more to the Kickstarter-funded project. That homage is called "The Angel List" and it will be included in the first production run of Ouya consoles, iFixit said.
The site described the layout of components inside the Ouya as "very clean and simple" with the "motherboard, I/O ports, and fan
The teardown site was also happy to find that the Ouya's "standard, off-the-shelf" fan is easily removable, meaning it's easy to replace as well.
Pulling out the motherboard assembly was as easy as simply pulling it out of the opened-up console, a process that "requires about 10 seconds and two fingers, meaning Mickey Mouse could do it with six fingers to spare," iFixit noted.
So what makes the Ouya tick? Here are the main integrated circuits iFixit found on the front and back of the motherboard:
Two Samsung K4B4G1646B 4 Gigabit DD3 SDRAM modules (for 1 GB total)
SMSC LAN9500A Hi-Speed USB 2.0 to 10/100 Ethernet Controller
Texas Instruments TPS659110 Integrated Power Management Unit
AzureWave AW-NH660 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.0 module, based on Broadcom BCM4330
Nvidia T33-P-A3 Tegra 3 Multi-Core CPU
Kingston KE4CN3K6A 8 GB eMMC (eMMC integrates a NAND flash memory and a controller chip in a single package)
The Ouya's controller features 15 buttons, two analog sticks, and a capacitive touchpad, according to iFixit. It's also relatively easy to disassemble and is controlled by a single chipset, a "Broadcom BCM20730 Bluetooth 3.0 transceiver [which] features an integrated ARM Cortex M3 processor capable of reading all of the button and joystick inputs and sending them off into the ether (or really, back to the Ouya console)," the site reported.
iFixit's teardown of the Ouya: http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Ouya+Teardown/14224/1"
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