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Maybe the Oculus Rift headset will take video games to new heights in ways that previous virtual reality (VR) headsets couldn't, or perhaps it will end up another footnote in the history of technology. If it does go the way of the latter, it won't be because the headset is hard to service at home. Just the opposite, as our friends at iFixit found out when they took apart the hardware in their latest teardown.
It should be noted that iFixIt got its hands on the developer edition of the Oculus Rift, basically an early prototype of the consumer version, so it's entirely possible that the finished product could be drastically different to tear into.
That said, what iFixIt had to work with ultimately earned a 9/10 on its Repairability Meter. It earned high marks for using standard Phillips #1 screws and other design cues that will allow experienced tinkerers to tear it apart in less than 10 minutes. Even the use of adhesive wasn't as bad as it could have been.
"Two foam adhesive pads holding the LCD in place were a tad annoying, but were easy to re-adhere during reassembly," iFixIt noted in its worklog.
The Oculus Rift raised $2.4 million in funding during a successful Kickstarter campaign last summer. It took just four hours to reach the $250,000 goal, and in less than 36 hours, backers had pledged more than $1 million.