If you can repair your gadgets, it theoretically saves you money and keeps electronics from ending up in landfills. But without the original parts, repair efforts can sometimes be tricky. If you have a Vive VR headset, iFixit and HTC have good news for you ̵
For many electronics, third-party components are often the only solution. Those parts can be used and stripped from a broken unit or knock-offs intended to reproduce functionality. And while something is better than nothing, genuine source parts are a better guarantee that your repair will go smoothly. And that’s why HTC’s supply of the parts to iFixit is a big win.
“We hear from many customers who love their original HTC Vive headsets after years of use, but still need a specific part every now and then,” said Daniel O’Brien, General Manager, HTC America. “By partnering with iFixit, we are taking an unprecedented approach to meeting the demands of our longtime customers who want to repair and continue to use their beloved headsets that may be out of warranty or no longer available through us.”
It’s the first time a VR company has offered this kind of parts and support, and the initial options look enough to keep a headset running. You’ll find everything from replacement headphones to tracker dongles and foam padding for Vive Headsets. While you can probably find a third party power adapter, buying an original comes with better quality promise.
“This is groundbreaking. HTC is the first VR manufacturer to support their customers with the parts they need to keep their headsets functional, ”said Kyle Weins, CEO and co-founder of iFixit. “IFixit is excited to help gamers fix their meatspace hardware so they can get back to their core cyberspace business.”
In addition to the parts you can find in the iFixit store today, iFixit includes repair guides for multiple HTC Vive headsets.