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Stuffing a PS3 and an Xbox 360 Into a PC Case

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the no-more-exclusive-game-launches dept.

Hardware Hacking 96

An anonymous reader writes "A man identifying himself as 'Timofiend' has posted a detailed walkthrough of how he built an impressive case mod that fits both a PlayStation 3 and an Xbox 360 into a mid-tower computer case. He used one of the newer Slim 360 models hooked up to an ATX power supply, and one of the bulkier old PS3 units, with its standard power supply as well. After arranging the internal boards, persuading the two optical drives to fit and loading up on fans to prevent overheating, he wound up with a very cool (and functional!) blend of gaming platforms."

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Stuffing HOLES!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37313486)

www.ruth-bader-ginsburg.xxx FTW!

Meh (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37313504)

Requires two supplies, no switch box for video output just multiple video outputs.

Re:Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37313718)

hmm. and using this kind of electro tape will end very bad few months later...

Re:Meh (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314398)

Don't forget he also replaced 2 small(ish) form factor, boxes into one large form factor box. Not really saving any space.

Re:Meh (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314484)

Why? you got a crappy TV with only 1 HDMI IN?
My set has 4 HDMI inputs. more than enough. Plus who plays games on only the TV. all my game consoles go through the Surround Reciver. Playing Halo:Reach with full surround on gives you audio clues in the surround channels so you can hear behind you. So now I have 4 more HDMI inputs.

Re:Meh (1)

iainl (136759) | more than 2 years ago | (#37315502)

One of my TVs has 4 inputs, the other 1. Although I've got an auto-switching HDMI box to go with that one, anyway.

However, such a box would have been a trivial, and sensible, addition to the build I'd have said.

Uglification process succeeded (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37313538)

Why?

Re:Uglification process succeeded (1)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313588)

Why?

Well I wouldn't do it, but if its something he enjoys doing then why not?

Re:Uglification process succeeded (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37315892)

The question is: why is that on Slashdot? It's a fucking case mod.

Where's that firehose link so we can mod that shit down?

Re:Uglification process succeeded (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37313598)

Louis CK - Why? [youtube.com]

Re:Uglification process succeeded (1, Insightful)

beelsebob (529313) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313664)

Completely agreed... also, what's it achieved that just... you know... putting an XBox 360 in an ugly case wouldn't?

Re:Uglification process succeeded (3, Insightful)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314650)

Completely agreed... also, what's it achieved that just... you know... putting an XBox 360 in an ugly case

Thereby turning a perfectly good game platform into a crappy console.

To me, 1Xbox 360 + 1PS/3 PC + HD6870 + 8gig RAM

Two long-in-the-tooth-and-not-expected-to-be-upgraded-for-some-time consoles are not as good for games as my PC.

Have you seen what Deus Ex HR looks like on a PC compared to the other platforms? It's like day and night.

Re:Uglification process succeeded (1)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314736)

Well, most missions in Deus Ex do play at night :)
I just love the guys awful chin, he can open cans with that one, that would be awesome the chin/canopener augment :D

Re:Uglification process succeeded (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#37321370)

just love the guys awful chin

Yeah, I noticed that. At least he had the good taste to grow a little chin spinach to try to hide it.

What's the news? (2)

cachimaster (127194) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313568)

It's a cool trick but I don't see the point. Proving you can dissassemble-reassemble a game system?

Re:What's the news? (1, Insightful)

cachimaster (127194) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313582)

Now I see the tag. "Hardware hacking" ?!? Hardware hacking my ass. The xbox 360 glitch hack is hardware hacking, this is, at most, pointless hardware assembly.

Re:What's the news? (4, Interesting)

Eraesr (1629799) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313602)

I don't understand these sorts of replies. You may think it's a waste of time, but this guy clearly enjoys fiddling around with electronics, using his hands to craft something unique and using his head to make sure everything works out. Some people like to do all their home-improvement themselves, designing and building their own bathroom or kitchen. Some people like gardening. Some people like to get greasy with the inner bits of cars, Some people spend hours on end playing video games. Why does someone's hobby suddenly need to have a point or be validated against some kind of level of usefulness when it involves computer parts, electronics and little LED lights?

Re:What's the news? (1)

m50d (797211) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313620)

It's not computer-specific. Stamp collecting gets mocked as a hobby on similar grounds.

Re:What's the news? (3, Informative)

slackbheep (1420367) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313658)

While I will not berate someone for their stamp collection, I would advise them not to submit a Slashdot story about the AMAZING new binder they'd made to hold them, which is simply two ordinary binders taped together.

Re:What's the news? (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313890)

But think of how much, um... shelf space it sav–no, I guess not. Um... hmm.

Yup. Good use of time, this. Maybe it was for the schadenfreude of forcing the consoles, well-established mortal enemies, to share the same body? I'm pretty sure that's a staple of vaguely sciency/magical Saturday morning cartoons.

Re:What's the news? (1)

rjstanford (69735) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314330)

More so - this is to electronics tinkering what subscribing to the "stamp sheet of the month" club is to stamp collecting.

Re:What's the news? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37313626)

Probably because said hobby was posted to Slashdot as if it were something newsworthy. Why wasn't this story put under the idle section?

Re:What's the news? (1)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314744)

Because this guy wasn't idle :)

Re:What's the news? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37313636)

I hope we don't start getting news about your new bathroom, kitchen, calendulas, tires and wow level.

Re:What's the news? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313644)

Why does someone's hobby suddenly need to have a point or be validated against some kind of level of usefulness when it involves computer parts, electronics and little LED lights?

When it's posted on a site marked "news for nerds"? Hmm, let's see..

They should have put this in idle.

Re:What's the news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37314260)

Half the damn time they put actual news in Idle anyway, so it isn't like there is anything different happening here.

Re:What's the news? (1)

cachimaster (127194) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313840)

"fiddling around with electronics"
No. This guy is at most, plugging and unplugging connectors that were designed to not be plugged in the wrong socket. This needs zero skill. You need much more skill to fix a car engine, and I don't see that in the news. Nice hobby. Why it's on slashdot?

Re:What's the news? (2)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314748)

He acting like a geek, which used to be praised here on this site.

Re:What's the news? (1)

vux984 (928602) | more than 2 years ago | (#37318290)

No. This guy is at most, plugging and unplugging connectors that were designed to not be plugged in the wrong socket.

Its a case mod. Nothing more nothing less. But as case mods go, its a pretty ambitious one, and well beyond the skill of most of the people here... probably including you.

This needs zero skill.

The devil is in the details.

This case mod element requires a fair bit of skill. Or did you think the motherboard tray in the average mini-ATX case has the space and screw hole mountings to simultaneously accommodate a PS3 and Xbox mainboard pre-drilled and ready to go? That the optical drives just slide right into a 5 1/4" drive bay and come with appropriate face plates? That the consoles come with all the ports for controllers, networking, usb devices, video outputs come on headers attached to standard full height PCI brackets.

And even in its complete state, he notes a number of remaining issues...

He needs to extend the xbox sync button to the outside of the case, as well as the disc eject buttons. In particular the ps3's touch screen buttons have proven difficult to extend. And he noted the cooling still needs improvement.

But hey "zero skill" right? You could do the whole project on your lunch break with a screw driver?

You need much more skill to fix a car engine

You need different skills. And you'll find plenty of articles about people modding engines on sites devoted to news for gear heads.

Nice hobby. Why it's on slashdot?

Good question. Does case modding belong on slashdot? That's the only question that's even sligtly relevant. Personally... I think it fits in with the theme here well enough.

Did you actually read the full article and see what was involved? It was a ton of work, and well beyond the skill of most of the people here. It was exactly what it claimed to be. An impressive case mod.

If you don't find case-modding interesting, fine, to each their own.

If you think case-modding itself isn't a subject worthy of slashdot, that's fine too... but I'd argue that it has a place here as news for nerds.

Re:What's the news? (1)

cffrost (885375) | more than 2 years ago | (#37334848)

Why it's on slashdot?

To piss you off, apparently.

Re:What's the news? (2)

RDW (41497) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314002)

I don't understand these sorts of replies. You may think it's a waste of time, but this guy clearly enjoys fiddling around with electronics, using his hands to craft something unique and using his head to make sure everything works out.

I guess it's because, historically, this sort of approach doesn't always end well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSCBvu_kijo [youtube.com]

Re:What's the news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37314630)

Historically?

Re:What's the news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37314050)

he's no ben heck.
that's the point.

this is like if I submitted a story of my xbox1 rigged to work with an atx power supply and no case. there's absolutely no trick to it, like there's absolutely no trick to this build. he could've just as well taped them together, from technical perspective. if he had switch for output etc.. that would make it just slightly cooler. if he had a home built input switch and boards to use both controllers on both platforms, it would start to be "cool".

sorry but that's just how the internet works.

The point of buying a console (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314272)

I thought the whole point of buying a console instead of buying a PC to put next to the TV was that the console would have a more attractive case than a typical full-size tower.

Re:What's the news? (2)

Gripp (1969738) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314280)

I think had he managed to get one disc tray, one power button, one power supply, etc. and got it to recognize which system it should pump AV out of people would have been impressed. at this point he may as well have taped the two systems together and stuffed them into a new case.

Re:What's the news? (1)

vux984 (928602) | more than 2 years ago | (#37319658)

If your daughter comes home with a well crafted bird house she made in wood shop do you mock her for not successfully mating two endangered species in it?

Do you tell her that without a baby Ivory-billed woodpecker bald eagle hybrid living inside she might as well have just taped the whole thing together?

I think you've missed the point "case modding" which is the skill that was on display here. This was a pretty ambitious case mod all things considered. Even if it wasn't an avian crossbreeding experiment.

Re:What's the news? (1)

Gripp (1969738) | more than 2 years ago | (#37325006)

okay.... i'll agree. as case modding in-and-of itself goes this was a decent feat. but my point was more a matter of "that would be news worthy, this is not"

Re:What's the news? (1)

digitig (1056110) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314476)

If he likes doing it, sure, why not. But why is it on /.? How is it news for geeks? There's nothing technically interesting about what he's done. Should we have articles about everybody's hobbies? I don't see how this would have even made idle.

Re:What's the news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37319410)

Anyone remember Yoshi from The Screen Savers" He did one of these back in the day.

PS2, Xbox, GameCube, Nes, Atari and PC games

http://waltercrespo.blogspot.com/2006/10/screen-savers-presents-yoshis-box.html

What do the red bars mean on /. posts? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37313618)

Is it supposed to make this article stand out? In which case, I didn't get how this story is so special, compared to most others.

I don't understand the point (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37313654)

Building a regular gaming PC would be cheaper and produce a better gaming experience.

A gaming PC wouldn't let you play... (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314250)

A gaming PC wouldn't let you play Xbox 360-exclusive games, PS3-exclusive games, or modes that are often cut from PC versions of cross-platform games such as split-screen co-op or other local multiplayer.

Re:A gaming PC wouldn't let you play... (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314516)

Well, not until the emulators are working anyway.

Thanks, but I can wait 5 or so years to play God of War VII.

Re:A gaming PC wouldn't let you play... (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314746)

Even with emulators, is a typical PC monitor big enough for four-player action?

Re:A gaming PC wouldn't let you play... (1)

iainl (136759) | more than 2 years ago | (#37315532)

21" monitors seem to be fairly standard for desktops these days, yes. Most decent-sized HDTVs have a VGA input. Most decent-quality graphics cards and gaming laptops have HDMI outputs, as well.

Hooking up a PC to a big telly is a piece of cake.

Spouse acceptance factor (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37316302)

21" monitors seem to be fairly standard for desktops these days, yes.

Thank you. That takes care of two players, but not necessarily four [pineight.com] .

Most decent-sized HDTVs have a VGA input.

I've talked to a few Redbox customers in August 2011, and many of them appear to still use a CRT SDTV as the primary living room TV. Most people don't know that VGA to SDTV cables [sewelldirect.com] exist.

Hooking up a PC to a big telly is a piece of cake.

But the public doesn't know this. I've done a lot of asking around on Slashdot about a PC using a TV as a monitor. It appears a lot of people disagree with you that it's a piece of cake (see 1 [slashdot.org] 2 [slashdot.org] 3 [slashdot.org] 4 [slashdot.org] 5 [slashdot.org] ). And one still has to buy or build a gaming PC for the TV room whose case has a decent spouse acceptance factor, such as the roughly Xbox 360-sized Acer Aspire X1 [acer.com] (AMD CPU, NVIDIA integrated graphics). A typical tower PC case like the one seen in the article lacks this factor [slashdot.org] .

Re:Spouse acceptance factor (1)

iainl (136759) | more than 2 years ago | (#37324858)

Kids these days. We played 4-player Asteroids on an Atari 400 and a 15" telly, and WE LIKED IT.

Fair enough on the PC to TV thing, I suppose. If others find it difficult, they find it difficult. Possibly because I'm a sad git, I've never bought a HDTV that couldn't take the VGA output from my Dreamcast, if nothing else. But it's still easier than getting good performance out of an emulator, which is what the grandparent was discussing.

Re:A gaming PC wouldn't let you play... (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 2 years ago | (#37316000)

Each of my PC monitors is larger than the TV I had when I was a kid.

Re:A gaming PC wouldn't let you play... (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | more than 2 years ago | (#37317620)

I used to play Goldeneye64 4-player split screen on a 13" TV/VCR combo........ At my house you werent invited back if you played Oddjob.

Re:A gaming PC wouldn't let you play... (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#37347692)

Oh, the joy of remote mines and pressing A+B at the same time...

Could have at least put it in an attractive case (1)

Goodl (518602) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313656)

Meh, I'm in the unimpressed camp, it's hardly of benheck's level with no water/custom cooling, board mods or anything special at all really. He may as well have thrown both consoles in a cardboard box (a partucularly ugly one) and stuffed the cables through holes in the side. Not to piss on anyones bonfire or anything, I'm sure he got a lot out of it personally. I see a lot of mods and that's not a good example for a front page submission.

wow! News!! (0)

angiasaa (758006) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313660)

I've seen custom scratch mods that would rock this one into insignificance. This guy's done a fair job certainly.. Pretty neat and clean work. Honestly though, even I could do a better job. I'm not a modding guru, but I know what I'm talking about.
 
If stuff like this is what slashdot has started accepting, I'm sorry but we're gonna lose the few intelligent readers that're still left.
 
There's a good chance this was approved by mistake. I find it hard to believe that this was done on purpose.

Falls a bit short in execution. (3, Interesting)

flimflammer (956759) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313684)

I personally think this is a bit lame. I think the idea is pretty cool (and I don't blame the guy for doing it, do what you love to do!) but the execution seemed to fall short. If it required one power supply and at least had some sort of switch for the video, it would have been a lot cooler. But fitting 2 power supplies and requiring 2 monitors (or to manually switch when switching systems) is kind of lame.

Soldering (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37313712)

Scroll down to the pictures, you will see about the shittiest soldering job ever

Complete and utter garbage (4, Insightful)

ModernGeek (601932) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313752)

I know that I'm going to get modded down for this, but this isn't news worthy at all.

This is a total hackjob that required no real knowledge of electronics or real craftsmanship to accomplish.

I really think that everyone on the Internet has gone soft. We used to drive excellence through insults, and when an insult came along, everybody else insulted the person until they either left or got better at what they did. The Internet used to breed excellence and anything short was seen as a waste of bandwidth. Now someone just chops together two video game units and gets all sorts of attention on the front page of Slashdot.

Get off my lawn! I don't want to see this garbage on the front page of Slashdot!

Re:Complete and utter garbage (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313800)

And in the meantime, news about things like me figuring out a method of partially bypassing photosynthesis to achieve greater energy efficiencies in indoor commercial horticulture just get dismissed.

Re:Complete and utter garbage (1)

mamas (468872) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314082)

URL or it didn't happen. Please.

Re:Complete and utter garbage (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 2 years ago | (#37316466)

Forgive the audio (the camera hates any light level that can't make a quantum meter register and spazzes out until I get back into brighter area)

http://tinypic.com/player.php?v=2r5gleg&s=7 [tinypic.com]

On the left, practical zero-light system. The only light being used in that area is the light above our head for vision. On the right, LED-based rapid production system - 90% less water, 19 days from germinated seed to harvest. That's on a measly day 8.

Not only is it happening, but I'm essentially the field leader. Nobody's as advanced.

Re:Complete and utter garbage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37320902)

Sounds interesting. Direct image link that doesn't require flash or scripts please...

Re:Complete and utter garbage (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 2 years ago | (#37321088)

All I have is the video, and one measly picture of me doing a little research on the same lettuce batch in the video - http://i.imgur.com/lCMsw.jpg [imgur.com]

Re:Complete and utter garbage (1)

Joe Jay Bee (1151309) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314176)

So what you're saying is you've bought blacklights for your grow-op?

Re:Complete and utter garbage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37314062)

No! This is the future of PC gaming!

Re:Complete and utter garbage (3, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314104)

Agreed, this looks like dogshit, and it's something people seem to do all the time. Which is puzzling, because if you have two consoles, it would seem to be valuable to be able to turn them both on at once. And putting them both in one box makes that a questionable thing to do at best. Noise city...

In defense of a Complete and utter garbage (4, Insightful)

serviscope_minor (664417) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314200)

Frankly not all of us here have the l33t sk1llz to make the world's best case mod evar. I count myself among those lacking the skills. So I actually do find it informative and interesting to see what can be done with mere uncoordinated and ill-equipped mortal level of skills.

I really think that everyone on the Internet has gone soft. We used to drive excellence through insults, and when an insult came along, everybody else insulted the person until they either left or got better at what they did.

No, we used to troll and insult because it's fun to cut others down when you can't see the effects of nastiness and also much lower risk than doing it in person, where one risks a real-time punch in the face.

The Internet used to breed excellence and anything short was seen as a waste of bandwidth.

I think you have rose-tinted spectacles so thick that you can't actually see anything through them. Were you actually on the internet... well... ever?

Get off my lawn! I don't want to see this garbage on the front page of Slashdot!

Slashdot always has been a random mix of things from the amazingly excellent and high tech to random small hack jobs. I find the spectrum interesting because while the amazing stuff remains as amazing as ever, I'm far more likely to be able to do one of those small random hack jobs myself.

Re:Complete and utter garbage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37314298)

The Internet used to breed excellence

When was this? My online life only goes back as far as the mid nineties. Must have been before my time.

Re:Complete and utter garbage (1)

staticneuron (975073) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314308)

This is a how-to. So while it is understandable about raging against someone bragging about a bit of ingenuity. This guy should be commended for taking the time out to inform instead of brag and I assure you, it is much easier to brag or insult than it is to inform.

Re:Complete and utter garbage (2)

Borland (123542) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314312)

I know that I'm going to get modded down for this, but this isn't news worthy at all.

If I had mod points you'd only get modded down for this self-pitying sentence. Just say what you have to say dude.

Besides, failing to be a l33t engineer, this is a pretty good first try. We don't have to hug it out, but being a dick doesn't really help either old timer. People used to be the crap out of people that did these things too. Now we have an international forum for who can do cool, nerdy things better.

ePeen Rebuttal (1)

Borland (123542) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314322)

Besides, I just noticed your user number. You get off MY lawn sonny.

Re:Complete and utter garbage (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314536)

Exactly! That same Internet work ethic is why Slashdot's code works so very well to this day!

Re:Complete and utter garbage (1)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314766)

Pffff and you call yourself a geek, the "hack" itself was fairly easy, but he has done it extremely well, that's the noteworthy part of this "hack"
You are right about one thing though, when the masses got on to the web the level of excellence went down, but that's not my problem.

Re:Complete and utter garbage (4, Insightful)

tecnico.hitos (1490201) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314956)

We used to drive excellence through insults.

No, you used to drive away poor quality jobs through insults. Don't fool yourself into thinking you are responsible for someone else's success.

Besides, when the internet was younger, it's users were far more likely to be technologically adept.

Re:Complete and utter garbage (1)

AbRASiON (589899) | more than 2 years ago | (#37315154)

I agree with you for the most part.

He hasn't done a bad job but it's nothing unique, maybe I'm getting old but I'm sure I've seen stuff posted damn near 10 years ago with a PS2, Dreamcast, SNES or something in a case AND the PC - I'm pretty sure there were quite a few of these articles, years and years ago.

I want to see more articles on people hooking up their PC to other gadgets in the house or easy monitoring solutions or something.
It's 2011, why the god damned heck do I still ride on PT to work each morning and sometimes think "oh god, did I leave the heater on? I can't remember if I left the damned heater on" - how come I can't log in to my home power system and check if power point #2 in the bathroom is pulling 1,015w or 15w (toothbrush!) ?

So his mod isn't bad but where's all the cool stuff gone?

Re:Complete and utter garbage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37318726)

I really think that everyone on the Internet has gone soft. We used to drive excellence through insults, and when an insult came along, everybody else insulted the person until they either left or got better at what they did

That's just called being an asshole, and the reason people do it less is because there are more socially capable people on the internet than there used to be. Assholes like you get shot down because they aren't very nice people to be around, and their uselessness leads to no real gain. Constructive criticism is king now.

And for the next "hack" (1)

Macrat (638047) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313820)

Stuffing a broken game system into a garbage dumpster.

Afrotech done a PSX + PC hybrid a while back (2)

acoster (812556) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313886)

And he used a capture card, so you'd get the PS1's output in same screen as the computer.

http://www.afrotechmods.com/psxpc1.htm [afrotechmods.com]

So in other words... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37313908)

...he took some electronics out of one box, and put it in another? Brilliant!

Next up, some inventive slashdotter takes two cans of ready made soup and makes...SOUP!!!

only slightly related to article, (1)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 2 years ago | (#37313952)

I've been of the opinion since the PlayStation 2/DreamCast/original XBox era game consoles should have standard notebook optical drives in them since it's the most likely part to fail. We could use tool-less removal systems like most 1U servers have to swap them.

Not only would this make salvaging a system after the most likely component failure possible it would make cool hacks easier to pull off. Do you have any idea the pain it is to try to keep an original XBox working with optical disk still in play?

Now to convince Nintendo they don't have to change the shape of their 5v delivery Jack with every portable unit, maybe even adopt a USB plug.

Re:only slightly related to article, (3, Insightful)

jimicus (737525) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314158)

I've been of the opinion since the PlayStation 2/DreamCast/original XBox era game consoles should have standard notebook optical drives in them since it's the most likely part to fail. We could use tool-less removal systems like most 1U servers have to swap them.

I don't get it. If they do that, you might not buy a new console when the old one packs up.

Re:only slightly related to article, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37321170)

>you might not buy a new console when the old one packs up.

Exactly. You've answered your own question.

Copy protection (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314256)

game consoles should have standard notebook optical drives in them since it's the most likely part to fail

A standard notebook optical drive in a game console would make it easier to emulate the optical drive and play infringing copies of games.

Now to convince Nintendo they don't have to change the shape of their 5v delivery Jack with every portable unit

The original DS used a GBA SP jack. Is it that they change the shape of the connector when they change the voltage or current that the adapter is rated to deliver? Or that they make each connector smaller on the motherboard (like proprietary-B to mini-B to micro-B in the USB world)?

Re:Copy protection (1)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 2 years ago | (#37317382)

Yes, they did use the same connector between GBA to SP.

Then they introduced the DS Lite and the Gameboy Micro connectors. They're both different.

At least the DSi, DSiXL and now the 3DS all have the same connector. I can see no reason why they didn't stick with either the Micro or DS-Lite connector since they're all the same voltage. Micro USB actually would be the best choice, but I would be okay with mini.

I don't know about the current differences, but they're all very close to 5V, so close I have a after market Chinese made "Hydra" cables that will charge all of them.

Re:Copy protection (1)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 2 years ago | (#37317456)

Forgot to address the copy protection bit:

All the little drive/format attempts at piracy prevention have failed anyways. I do give the Gamecube a little credit for taking a little while to crack.

Re:Copy protection (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37317654)

All the little drive/format attempts at piracy prevention have failed anyways.

They have succeeded in a court of law, which acts as a deterrent for the general public. Watch Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft shut down Lik Sang. Watch Nintendo shut down homebrew tools like R4. Watch Sony shut down George Hotz.

Re:Copy protection (1)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 2 years ago | (#37319662)

I use most of the tools of a pirate, but I don't pirate. I have my PSP hacked, rip my own games, put them on a Memory Stick and play them that way. I rip DVD's etc... Yet I don't pirate. If everyone who used the tools did what I did I don't think the companies would mind as much.

Re:only slightly related to article, (1)

demonlapin (527802) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314462)

Do you have any idea the pain it is to try to keep an original XBox working with optical disk still in play?

I know you're making a general point, but bad choice of example. Chip/TSOP/softmod, replace hard drive, copy games to drive (you'll need to pirate the ISOs or have access to a single working optical drive to do this once, never have to do it again). It's a better experience in every imaginable way.

Re:only slightly related to article, (1)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 2 years ago | (#37317416)

I have this on the agenda to get around to, haven't done it yet, but yes, I was making a point. I can do exactly what you said I should, but I don't imagine the average soccer mom with kids born in two year increments spanning a decade could, especially when a kid friendly game from the console sort of becomes a family tradition to play together.

I've got my eight year old playing some of the NES/SNES games I used to play when I was closer to her age. Not as easy to do with optical drive consoles.

News for nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37313960)

Damn fine job on the case mod. Nice to see an article on slashdot that gets back to geek basics too.

What About EMI separation between them? (1)

Svet-Am (413146) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314302)

it doesn't appear he did anything to accommodate EMI separation between the two motherboards? Did I miss that part?

Re:What About EMI separation between them? (1)

iainl (136759) | more than 2 years ago | (#37324886)

It's not perfect, but from what I see he's not removing the big heatsink / fan assembly from the PS3, which encases the whole motherboard in a metal shell. So I don't think it's going to be much of an issue.

These are good pics... (0)

dtmancom (925636) | more than 2 years ago | (#37314340)

Neat pic... neat pic... neat pic... SOLDER APOCALYPSE... neat pic...

Fail story (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37314496)

This story belongs on hack-a-day, not slashdot.
Slashdot is dying without CmdrTaco!

Don't tease yourself... (1)

koan (80826) | more than 2 years ago | (#37315046)

Take the plunge buy an actual PC.

Not quite Yoshi's Boxx... (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | more than 2 years ago | (#37315672)

but still cool to an extent. Now you have a gimped double computer.system.

I think he voided his warranties (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37315820)

Good luck getting service now, buddy.

Nicely done... (1)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | more than 2 years ago | (#37317806)

But if you want to make it that big and ugly, even I could accomplish the same exact thing (without sketches). Putting it all into a smaller form factor or more attractive case would make this somewhat notable. Or throw a real computer into the mix. As it is, you could do just as well by taking the two consoles, strapping them together, and calling it one hybrid machine. Good effort, and nice write up, I guess.

Still not a pc.... (1)

Kungpaoshizi (1660615) | more than 2 years ago | (#37325792)

Sorry for your attempts, but please try again.
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