Good news, hackers! The Oculus Rift is easy to open and mod
Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has told me he can't wait to see what enthusiasts, modders, and hardware geeks do with the Rift dev kit, and it seems the company make the hardware easy to open, disassemble, and modify.
iFixit has posted a detailed teardown of the hardware, and they remark multiple times on how easy it is to access the electronics inside. You just need a few basic tools, ten minutes or so, and there you go: The thing is in pieces, ready for your exploration or modification.
Take a look at the tear down, because the images are pretty great, and the information about the hardware is interesting. They give the hardware a score of 9 out of 10 for "Repairability," with 10 being the highest possible score.
This Cut will be a two-fer, as I'll also share the best early look at the developer kit I've seen online thus far. I'm still waiting for my own kit, but these early thoughts, teardowns, and buzz online have all been positive. I've already had developers contact me about covering their Oculus-exclusive game. I can't wait.