Oculus Rift Teardown – the Extended Edition

iFixit, recently teared down Oculus Rift and got few constructive feedback from Palmer Luckey himself – “Come on, iFixit, you can go further than that!” Welp, challenge accepted!

Today we feast our eyes on the Constellation sensor, the Rift’s counterpart IR camera. Now sit back and relax, Palmer, this teardown is for you.

We stopped short in our teardown last week because we were busy making it rain teardowns. Seriously, after the iPhone SE, iPad Pro 9.7”, and the Oculus headset, we’re now ready to give the Constellation our full attention. It’s clear this camera was not meant to be opened, aside from a visible light filter that we managed to wrestle off.

After some time on the struggle bus, we meet the pièce de résistance – the image sensor. Turns out it’s just a webcam with no infrared filter. And with a visible light filter added on, all it sees are the IR LED stars decorating your Oculus-equipped noggin – Stellar.

Oculus Constellation teardown highlights

The Constellation sensor uses a standard USB 3.0 connector, which means it’s swappable in the event of catastrophic failure. Although after dremeling it apart and digging to the heart of the device, good luck putting everything back together.

The Oculus Rift is definitely one of the coolest things to ever land on our teardown table. In case you missed it, be sure to visit our full teardown to see it in all its glory.

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Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com