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Ben Heck Builds 1970s Atari-Style Xbox 360

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on March 21st, 2011

Ben Heck, the man behind thousands of awesome mods is back. This time it’s an old school 1977 Atari merged with the Xbox 360 in a laptop kind of deal. This custom mod looks just like Atari would have made the device had they been capable.

It will handle all of the newest games and the old, including Yar’s Revenge and Star Raiders. In his latest show, he takes viewers through the entire build process. The final build is a thing of geek beauty. He has done it yet again.

Ben Heck creates military-grade PS3 gaming case

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on December 21st, 2010

Even hardcore soldiers and James Bond types like to play games on their PS3 during boring missions. And so they need a military grade case to keep it safe. That’s where Ben Heck comes in with this shrapnel-resistant PlayStation 3 suitcase.

Yes, Ben Heck has created a military-grade gaming system. It was custom-built for a couple working with the military in some war zone. Work hard, play hard I guess. Their new PS3 may be safer than they are since Ben’s work is so good.

Ben Heck turns Xbox 360 ‘Slim’ into a laptop

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2010

Ben Heck‘s latest creation may not look all that slim, but it is smaller than his 2009 version by 1.5-inches and an inch shorter. This latest version now has an internal power supply and is even quieter than before.

The system has the usual touch power and eject buttons and the display is a 17-inch Gateway LCD that manages a full 720p.

Ben Heck’s PS3 Slim laptop

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on October 1st, 2009

Ben Heck's PS3 Slim laptopOur favorite modder Ben Heck is at it again. The man never stops. I swear, he isn’t human. He just keeps churning out masterpieces. This time, it’s a sleek pin-striped laptop based on the new PS3 Slim that looks retro. Just like his Xbox 360 laptop, this one has a 17-inch Gateway 1775W screen at 1280 x 720 resolution.

Some other features include a storage space for the power cord, Blu-ray drive, and even an Iron Man Arc reactor-inspired fan grill. It could have been even smaller, but he wanted the 17-inch display.

Ben Heck’s latest portable Xbox 360

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on July 5th, 2009

Ben Heck's latest portable Xbox 360After five versions, Ben Heck’s portable Xbox 360 mods are still awesome. He just keeps getting better and better. This latest version looks like a Mac product when closed, and features a 17-inch Gateway LCD panel. Some improvements on this one include a Jasper motherboard, a flush-mount DVD door and side panels, digital potentiometer / button volume controls, and an ethernet port in addition to WiFi.

He ditched the camera, but there’s still two USB ports. It’s the only white-colored Xbox 360 laptop he’s built since the original. The man continues to be the Leonardo DaVinci of gaming consoles.

Atari Hero: Play Atari 2600 like a rock god

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2008

Atari Hero: Play Atari like a rock godThis is not my first console mod, but I think it’s the neatest. As far as I know it hasn’t been done before. I wanted to be able play Atari 2600 games like you play Guitar Hero… With a guitar. With this mod, you just pop in your favorite 2600 cartridge, and play the game on your guitar. The screen is right in front facing you as you hold it. Instead of strumming, just use the small joystick on the upper right, or for games like Breakout use the paddle controller below the screen. The fire button is the top button on the neck of the guitar, so yes, you really hold it in guitar fashion as you play.

I had originally intended to make an NES-Hero, taking advantage of all the guitar buttons, but didn’t have a spare laying around. Which was just fine with me because this Atari-Hero turned out just awesome. It took me about 2 months more or less, simply because it was hard to find the time with my duties here at the ‘Brick, but it’s finally finished. I incorporated actual pieces of the Atari console itself, like the faux woodgrain front panel with logo and the grill from the top of the console, even the cartridge slot itself. The circuit boards all had to be fabricated and custom shaped, then put in place. The Atari console combined with the circuit boards makes for a stunning look in person. (Sorry about the crappy pics. It’s so shiny it’s hard to get a good shot) More pics below.

Xbox 360 Elite laptop is a masterpiece of mod

Posted in Xbox 360 Elite by Conner Flynn on February 5th, 2008

Xbox 360 Elite laptop
If you don’t know Ben Heckendorn, the man will modify any game console. Nothing is safe from his artist’s hands, whether he’s making an old Atari 2600 into a portable unit or making an XBox 360 Elite laptop. Basically, the man is a modding God.

Now, he’s turned an Xbox 360 Elite into a laptop, a portable gaming system that can be taken anywhere. The screen has a resolution of 1280×720 which allows for 720p HD viewing, and it has an Xbox camera built in. I’d love to own one, but it’s a custom creation. You won’t be able to buy it anywhere anytime soon. Unless of course you were to commission one.