The PlayBox shoves a PS4, Xbox One into one portable DIY system

Console wars have never been fiercer than they are today, and trying to pick a console from the likes of Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft is an ordeal in itself. Each has advantages and disadvantages, while the other has more exclusive titles than the next.

For a gamer just starting out with console gaming, it’s an absolute nightmare. And that’s where mad scientist Eddie Zarick’s latest (and hopefully not last) console concoction will solve your qualms once and for all.

Shoving a full PS4 and Xbox One system could spell disaster for fanboyism and those who dislike messy system interiors, but the PlayBox is an absolute gem of ghetto engineering.

There’s no Nintendo console baked in too, but Zarick would need quite a large box to include it too.

Boasting a fully portable 22-inch form factor with screen, the PlayBox takes the best of the blue team and green team’s wares letting each system buzz around independently.

PlayBox PS4

But why does this all sound so simple? Zarick notes that it wasn’t quite as straight forward as it seems.

The only issue I had with this unit was the PS4 capacitive Power button will not work consistently. I have determined it has something to do with interference with the XBOX ONE being so close. Luckily it turns on perfectly fine using the PS4 controller, and still will turn on with the button if you have patience.

That’s not all either. As you can imagine, space was a massive problem (even without including a Wii U).

This system took a lot of attempts and reconfiguring to make everything fit and still some things had to be compromised to make the system work, for example it was impossible to get the USB ports on the XBOX to be extended to the outside of the case. But the unit does offer Ethernet ports for both units (WiFi for both units also works) Along with HDMI Out.

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Sure, there’s a few gripes and compromises, but isn’t there always when building the ultimate gaming machine?

Have a look at how it all came together in the video below, and we dare you to not want one. It’s more difficult than it sounds.

Andy Walker, former editor


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