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Is this an Xbox One S — or is it a gaming PC?

Hint: It’s a gaming PC

Xbox One S case mod for gaming PC by Eddie Zarick Eddie Zarick
Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

In the four years since the launch of the current console generation, Eddie Zarick has done just about everything you can with the Xbox One's chassis. Well, now he's stuffed a gaming PC into it.

It fairly raises the question of why, as just about any gaming PC worth the money should have some leg up on a console's performance. It's sort of like disguising a Porsche inside a Oldsmobile. But we'll grant that fitting those components in something like the Xbox One S took a lot of planning and effort. And case mods are the cosplay of hardware, so practicality isn't necessarily the goal.

Pulling this off required using a laser cutter to fabricate a back plate that could accommodate the necessary ports while maintaining a factory look. But that optical drive slot is cosmetic only — with space at such a premium, Zarick had to go for a solid state design throughout. ("I mean, who uses those things anyway," he says.) Instead the slot lights up to serve as a power indicator.

Here's the parts list:

  • Intel Core i3-7100 3.9 GHz dual-core processor
  • Thermaltake CLP0534 22.4 CFM CPU cooler
  • MSI B250I Gaming Pro AC Mini iTX LGA1151 motherboard
  • Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8 GB DDR4-2400 memory (2 x 4GB)
  • Samsung 840 Pro Series 256 GB 2.5 solid-state drive
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB low profile video card
  • PicoPSU-160-XT, 160 watt output, 12 volt input DC power supply.

No FPS counter on the front, though. Maybe Eddie can whip up one when the Xbox One X launches in November.

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