Progress on the XBox One Prototype
It's been a while since we posted an update on the Xbox One but that's cause we were working heads down on getting the prototype production ready. A lot has been happening on the Xbox One front and we're happy to announce that after months of tireless effort we're finally at a stage where all the issues have been worked out, the guts of the unit are all working and production is good to go.
The display of the laptop was the hardest issue to resolve and took quite some time to work out. We started off with a 17" screen but had compatibility issues with the HDMI output on the new console. We've now adapted a 18.4" Full HD (1920X1080) widescreen LED laptop screen for use with the Xbox One console and it is working perfectly.
Our original Xduino 360 control board has also been adapted for use in the new laptop and is running the touch interface and the speakers through its onboard amp without any issues. The cooling system has also been implemented on the prototype and just needs to tested for a longer period of use to confirm that no overheating occurs. Three 17 CFM blower fans are being used instead of only two that were used in the original 360 laptop design to ensure better cooling.
The touch interface surface has been moved to the front surface of the laptop body for seamless integration and unobtrusive design. The 500GB HDD that comes with the standard Xbox One console has also been integrated within the laptop while the slot mounted Blue Ray Drive can be accessed from the right of the casing.
The all aluminum, matte black casing has been built up and just needs the console + electronics to be installed within it. It's solid as a rock, we've even subjected it to a ~4ft drop test and not a scratch appeared on the casing.
Improvements over the original Xbox 360 laptop design:
- Full aluminum metal casing in matte black finish
- Powder coated scratch resistant body coating
- Touch interface integrated within the front of the laptop casing
- Minimal soldering required for the DIY kit
- Larger display panel ~ 19 inches
- 1920x1080 Full HD display
- Rugged construction.
- Better cooling. Three 17CFM fans for negative air pressure cooling.
What's left and what's next:
The next step is to place all the electronics within the casing, add LED accent lighting and seal it up. Then we'll be testing the prototype over an extended period of time for QA purposes. Once it is confirmed that the prototype is good to go, we'll send it out to one lucky Xbox One level backer (chosen randomly) for beta testing and then production for 10-20 more will begin. Since this is an entirely new design and production processes are somewhat different from the older design, we can't give a definite date when the units will be available but a rough estimate is 4-6 weeks. We thank you for being patient with us all this while and hope you are as excited about the launch of the Xbox One DM as we are. We hope to have the Xbox One DM out in your hands in a matter of weeks. Alright, till next time, back to work now!