Posted on November 21, 2013, Devin Connors Xbox One Teardown (Kinda) Keeps Replaceable HDD Train Rolling
iFixit recent;y gave the Xbox One it’s tried and true teardown treatment. Along with showing off the One’s optical drive, PCB, and various other technological knick-knacks, the dis-assembly shows the included 500 GB hard drive, which uses a standard, vanilla SATA connector.
This confirms what most of us already knew or suspected: The Xbox One uses a standard 2.5-inch hard drive (one that you would find in most laptops), and it’s replaceable…sort of. Yes, you can replace the hard drive if you have some spare time, as well as the right tools, but upgrading will immediately void the warranty. Sony, on the other hand, has no issues with users replacing the drive in the PS3 or PS4.
Console games are freakin’ huge nowadays. Many require a dual-layer Blu-ray disc, meaning they’re well over the 25 GB limit of a single-layer BD. Even more games, big or not, are download-only, and retail copies can be installed to the hard drive for better performance/load times. While the Xbox One does support external hard drive storage, this solution isn’t as elegant as swapping out that 500 GB Samsung drive for a more capacious 1 TB job. Hard drives are so cheap now, it’s silly to keep people from boosting storage…especially on a console that’s going to be around for ten years.