Noted console modder Ben Heck is at it again. This time, he's created an Xbox 360 that harkens back to the days of console yore: an Xbox 360 circa 1977 - that's also portable with its own LCD screen. Heck didn't do this project just for the... heck of it, either. It's also to promote the next-gen reboots of Yars Revenge and Star Raiders.
“I was thrilled when Atari approached me to build this unique gaming system – this is the most ‘Ben Heck’ type project I could possibly build,” said Ben. “It was a great experience taking consoles from two completely different eras and combining them, not only from a mechanics standpoint, but incorporating the design features to replicate an old Atari. That’s what art’s all about!”
Throughout the design and build process, Ben took careful consideration to incorporate elements from the original Atari system such as wood paneling, sharp, contoured edges and Atari’s classic metal switches. He even combined graphics from the original Atari joystick with the “ring of light” required by the Xbox system. After powering up the machine for a quick game of Street Fighter IV, Ben declared the project a major triumph.