Over the years I’ve received many requests to build portable games system that could be used by our troops overseas, but nothing ever materialized. I was also inspired when I saw the Pelican cases that were used by Clint Green to transport gaming systems around the Walter Reed clinic for patient use.
So one day I decided that I would just build one and see what happens – kind of like what I used to do with projects before the requests starting outpacing my creativity. Podcast co-host Jason Jones is chipping in on the costs. Below is the progress:
Wow, it’s obviously done and ready for a magazine spread!
The idea here is to stuff an Xbox 360 and LCD screen inside a Pelican 1490 case. There are no “through hole screws” so when closed the case maintains all of its sealing and protective properties. Thus the power plug and even DVD lid will be all on the inside surface of the unit when complete (requiring the DVD drive to be converted to a pop-open lid type rather than drawer, one of the trickier aspects of this job).
For some more pics and specs, click below. I’m posting this early because it’s kind of a slow, backburner kind of project and I’d just like to gauge the interest ahead of time, so if this might of use to you please email me. This will probably be finished in November after I get the THQ laptop done. Estimated cost is about 40% of what I usually charge for an Xbox 360 laptop. Display is a 17″ widescreen.
The case when closed. Keither Sutherland would probably be after one of these, but it will take longer than 24 hours to finish. Hopefully it’s cougar-proof!
Closer view of the screen. It’s framed in brushed aluminum and I doubled up on the speakers. There wasn’t a lot of room so I used 4 small ones rather than 2 bigger ones.
The hard drive will be removeable in a similar way to the THQ laptop I am building… however there will probably not be any memory card slots. The USB ports and Ring of Light will likely be on the main surface as well.
What do you think of this concept? Discuss below!