"Elegant Edition" Xbox 360 looks a bit like a Betamax player
The "Elegant Edition" mod features three 120mm fans for cooling, and a boxy Betamax like shape. If you've got the dough, the mod team will fix your Xbox 360 up too, but keep in mind your warranty won't be worth the paper it's printed on.
The Nintoaster is back – now in 16-bit
You may remember around 6 months ago we published a piece about the Nintoaster – a fine, if somewhat pointless piece of engineering ingenuity where the innards of Nintendo Entertainment System were crammed still working into the shell of a toaster with the bread-loading mechanism in tact. Given there was a five year gap between Nintendo releasing the NES and the SNES, it’s pretty impressive stuff that the same modder has a toaster based on the newer hardware already.
Other than the step up from 8-bit to 16-bit gaming, it’s more of the same, from the modder.You still switch it on by pushing down the bread switch (technical name that, I’m sure) and it still gives you a nice warming glow, even if you can’t use its original function of cooking bread.
Samsung cranks out 32GB DDR3 RAM sticks
Samsung has managed to cram 32GB of memory onto a single RAM stick, by developing a 4Gb RAM chip (4Gb = 512MB). The 32GB capacity is possible by shoehorning two 16GB modules onto one unit. Of course the real effect will probably be an increase in the availability of 16GB RAM sticks, which are much easier and cheaper to create.
Considering most people still run 32-bit operating systems, which can cope with a maximum of 3.8GB of RAM, this development is one to file under ‘wait a few years’, especially as most people will likely plump for 32-bit Windows 7 for compatibility reasons. Despite the scientific progress, the market is still stuck in the 2GB – 4GB range that it has been for a couple of years.
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Ben Heck reveals the PlayStation 3 Portable
Ben Heck’s name has become pretty much the benchmark in console modding over the past couple of years. He’s done some amazing things with custom controller builds, but the console-laptop conversions grab the most attention and Heck’s latest unveiling, the PS3 laptop, proves that his internet fame is well earned…
Xbox 360 Elite laptop – by special commission only
You may well have heard of Ben Heck before – he’s regularly the source of amusement and amazement for gamers across the world, thanks to his love of ripping apart games consoles and rebuilding them in exciting new formats.
Like that thing to the left there. It’s a standard Elite Xbox 360, only transformer-ised into a green laptop, complete with HD LCD screen and keyboard for chatting with fellow clan members about which Halo map you’re going to play tonight…