Oculus Rift CV1 teardown from iFixit reveals 7/10 repairability

iFixit teardown the Oculus Rift CV1 headset.

Anthony Garreffa
Published Wed, Mar 30 2016 8:06 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

Now that the Oculus Rift CV1 is available, the guys and girls at iFixit have completed their awesome teardown of the first consumer VR headset release from Oculus. Check it out, below.

iFixit revealed that the Oculus Rift CV1 headset has 2 x 90mm OLED displays with 456PPI - and that the screen needs to be 8 inches away from your eyes for the pixels to be indistinguishable. The outfit reported that Oculus have used a single set of non-removable fresnel lenses in the Rift.

Oculus manufactured hybrid fresnel lenses, with an extra sloping layer at the back of the lens, which iFixit says "creating a shape that mimics a traditional curb lens to vary along the vertical axis of the lens". Impressive stuff, Oculus. iFixit gave the Oculus Rift CV1 a repairability score of 7/10, which isn't too bad at all. iFixit praised the cable management improvements from the DK1 and DK2 units, added that the earpiece speakers are "super easily removed" and that the face pad is held in with plastic clips, and pulls out easily.

Oculus Rift CV1 teardown from iFixit reveals 7/10 repairability |

What iFixit didn't like with the Rift CV1 headset, was the head strap which they said was "impossible" to remove without cutting fabric. They finished by saying that the "intricate design and delicate ribbon cables make it very difficult to remove the lenses".


Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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