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Xbox 360 E mimics predecessor

Posted: 26 Jun 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:console? Wi-Fi? GPU? eDRAM?

As Microsoft does its about-face on Xbox One (wisely deciding the customer is always right), iFixit has posted its teardown of Xbox 360 E. According to chief information architect Miroslav Djuric, iFixit considers the 360 E a mid-2013, end-of-360-series game console but being the first console with the XBox One design.

Xbox 360 E

Figure 1: Xbox 360 E is designed to resemble the Xbox One.

The brand new(ish) Xbox 360 E is designed to resemble the much-anticipated Xbox One. As the Xbox 360 line is nearing its end, we figured that this new release probably wouldn't presage any dramatic hardware transformations. But we were curious if the Xbox's new looks would affect its repairability. So, we handed the device over to our teardown monkeys for disassembly.

Over all, the Xbox 360 E fared very well under our industrious spudgers, earning 8 out of 10 on our repairability scale. Despite a new look, the Xbox 360 E's tech specs are nearly identical to those of the Xbox 360 S: 4 or 250GB hard drive and internal Wi-Fi capability.

Expediency over error elimination

Xbox 360 E opened

Figure 2: After wrestling with the screws, iFixit opens the box.

We're beginning to think that our 360 E's assemblers chose expediency over error elimination. With the final component of the outer case out of the way, we get to the really good stuff at last. Inspection at a macro level reveals no major changes. We'll have to see what happens if we go deeper.

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