modified xbox instead of a PC?
Im brand new here, and I would just like to say hello and wow, what a kick *** forum. So many cool users in here. Im a long time reader but just signed up today.
I would like to throw out a topic for an idea Ive had for my truck for the past couple of weeks.
Has anyone ever considered using a modded xbox with a lilliput touchscreen inplace of a PC? The reason I ask is because there are a lot of pro's to using a modded xbox over a PC. Im pretty heavy into the xbox modding scene and thought it would be a superb media device as apposed to a full blown PC. Its an idea ive been messing with for a couple of weeks now in my head.
For those of you unfamiliar with xbox modding Ill give you a quick intro. As most of you already know the xbox is nothing more than a x86 machine. It contains a P3 733Mhz CPU, 64MB of SDRAM, a 64MB GeForce3 Ti500 graphics chip and a 8GB-10GB Harddrive. After installing a modchip, you can do a lot more than just play backups from DVDR. You can replace the internal harddrive with any size standard PC IDE drive all the way up to 320GB (biggest we have right now) and it will also allow you to run any unsigned code, meaning homebrew apps and gamebackups from the hard drive. But thats just the beginning.
Xbox Media Center which is a homebrew app for xbox is very similar to the function of windows media center, except it has a plethera of features and functions that windows media center doesnt and will never have. This application allows you to store/catalog/play nearly any type of media out there from mp3 to ogg, to dvd's, divx, games directly from the harddrive, internet radio, etc. and thats just the tip of the iceberg.
Recently the xbmc guys have added usb mouse support. Which leads me to believe I can hook it up to a usb touchscreen monitor. Below are some pro's and con's to running this project that I can see right away.
- extremely low power consumption
- instant boot (from power off to fully functional os in 5-7 seconds)
- instant off (no more fooling with backup batteries, figgity power supplies, accidental PC reboots, and sleep and hibernation modes. just turn the car off.)
- inexpensive (xbox - $120 // chip - $30 // 250GB drive - $150)
- one touch store/catagorize/play any type of media mp3/dvd/divx/etc on the harddrive
- cover art and information for mp3 albums and dvd/divx movies downloaded via the internet
- wireless controllers for games ($30)
- wireless internet/network adapter available
- play games directly from the harddrive (no more reaching back to pop in a disc, just select the game and play)
- picture viewing/storage and slideshows
- completely skinnable/customizable interface
- less wiring to run (just power and av)
- self contained and quiet
- runs very cool in hot environments
- no GPS software (yet)
- no car diagnostics software (yet)
- xbox is larger than some miniITX setups
- modding can be difficult
Id love to get some feedback from you guys about this idea. I will be attempting this project over the next couple of weeks, but im just 1 touchscreen short of completing the parts list. If anyone out there has a spare usb touchscreen and would be willing to give it up for a fully modded xbox ready to go let me know. I would love to work out a trade of some sort.
If anyone is interested in attempting this but is unfamiliar with xbox modding please dont hesitate to ask me anything, I will gladly donate whatever knowledge I can to the forum and the people.
Below are some screens from xbox media center in action.
Old School Gaming
I apologize for such the long post on my first, but its an idea thats been sitting in my head for a while and the guys in the modding scene dont take me seriously for whatever reason(s). I figured I would speak directly to the people that would be interested in this sort of thing.
hydraulix (aka Rob)