The folks over at Toast sent Polygon an email about their latest product, real wood veneers for the already striking PlayStation 4. Many here scoffed, but I for one deeply miss my wood-paneled Xbox 360 and, before that, my Intellivision. So yeah, I said with a pang of nostalgia, send 'em along.
My 2-year old had already drawn on my console in yellow crayon, after all, so what did I have to lose?
I forgot about that email for the better part of a week until last night, when the postman delivered to me a slim envelope. Inside, a set of 10 thin walnut panels, some alcohol prep wipes and detailed instructions. I was a little dubious at first, but due to the precise laser cuts, the panels went on quite easily. I was done in about 20 minutes.
The result is a one-of-a-kind piece, all cut from the same panel of genuine wood veneer. Each of Toast's appliques is created in such a way that the grain lines up, wrapping the entire device in a continuous, flowing pattern. There is no panel for the bottom, which makes some vertical installations problematic, but Toast did make the effort to laser-cut the PS4 logo straight through. Also, their own logo — which is featured on the top panel — is inconspicuous.
Oh, and they're made by hand in Portland, Oregon. Because of course they are.
Update: There's an Xbox One version as well.