Now that we’re far sufficient into the subsequent era of residence online game consoles that we will’t actually preserve calling them that anymore, yard gross sales are positive to be filled with lonely Xbox 360s and PS3s which have been put out to pasture. You’ll in all probability even discover a Wii U or two on the market that someone unintentionally bought. That is nice for hackers who like cramming new electronics into outdated shopper gear, and accordingly, we’re beginning to see the fruits of that generational shift.
Living proof, this Xbox 360 which has been transformed into a “Steam Box” by [Pedro Mateus]. He figured the Xbox 360 was the correct dimension to suit a full PC plus PSU, whereas nonetheless trying modern sufficient that it gained’t appear misplaced within the leisure middle. Working SteamOS on Fedora 28, it even affords a standard recreation console expertise and consumer interface, regardless of the decidedly PC internals.
On the surface, the one factor that basically offers away this specific Xbox’s new lease on life (when the purple LEDs are off, anyway) is the laser lower acrylic Steam emblem on the highest that serves as a grill for the interior CPU cooler. Paradoxically, [Pedro] did spray the Xbox white as a substitute of simply beginning with a black one, however in any other case, there wasn’t a lot exterior modification essential. Inside, in fact, is a really completely different story.
It’s packing an AMD Ryzen 5 2400G processor with Radeon RX Vega 11GPU and 8GB of Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200MHz RAM. Energy is offered by a Seasonic SS-300TFX 300W, and a Noctua NH-L9a-AM4 retains the system cool. Even with all that gear in there, the factor might be nonetheless quieter than the inventory Xbox 360.
[Pedro] helpfully gives fairly a couple of benchmarks for these questioning how this hacked-up Xbox fares towards a extra conventional gaming setup, although peak efficiency was clearly not the objective right here. Should you’ve received 45 minutes or so to spare, you need to try the video he’s put collectively after the break, which fits over the machine’s building.
We’ve seen it done with the original Xbox, and now the Xbox 360. Who would be the first to ship of their construct that guts a current-generation Xbox and turns it right into a PC for Web fame?
[Thanks to Mike for the tip.]