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Ouya torn apart, console found to be quick and easy to repair

The Ouya team has been posting shipping updates as promised (you need to be a backer to read those) and while there are still units waiting to head out to their owners, iFixit received one and – you guessed it – took it apart.

So, what exactly do you get for your $99? Well, two things – the console itself and a Bluetooth controller.

The console itself is easy enough to take apart – there’s a single assembly inside, which consists of the motherboard, soldered heatsink and a screwed in fan. The fan is a standard off-the-shelf 12V fan that’s easy to replace. Other than that assembly, there are five weights at the bottom of the console to make it stable when you plug in the cables.

The controller has more bits in it, but at its core is a single Broadcom BCM20730 Bluetooth 3.0 transceiver, which packs a Cortex-M3 CPU that handles the buttons, joysticks and touchpad and sending them over to the console. The console itself is, of course, powered by the Tegra 3 chipset and includes a Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 4.0 (not 3.0) receiver, plus a USB 2.0 to Ethernet 10/100 adapter.

You can read the step by step disassembly process over at iFixit. The Ouya scored 9/10 on the reparability scale – very easy to fix with standard screws and modular components, but the soldered heatsink and especially the soldered joysticks cost it a point.

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