iFixIt Performs a PlayStation Vita Autopsy

Paul Lilly

The electronic surgeons at iFixIt point out that they don't break gadgets, they tear them apart. We love when they do, because then we can spy the innards of expensive tech gear laid bare without ruining our own equipment, allowing us to live vicariously through their teardowns. This week iFixIt took apart Sony's new PlayStation Vita handheld console, which turned out to be surprisingly easy to service.

It didn't take much for iFixIt to crack open the PS Vita and expose the four-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, SGX543MP4+ GPU, 512MB of RAM, and other internal tech organs. After taking everything apart, iFixIt gave the PS Vita a score of 8 out of 10 on its repairability score. Reasons that led to the high score include the use of only Phillips #00 screws (no security or proprietary bits), a modular design that equates to lower repair costs since parts can be replaced individually, and the fact that Sony used only a conservative amount of adhesive.

Follow the teardown pic by pic right here .

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