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Darkmatter is the world's first Xbox laptop that you can buy as a fully assembled product or in kit form. Now Xbox ONE compatible!
Darkmatter is the world's first Xbox laptop that you can buy as a fully assembled product or in kit form. Now Xbox ONE compatible!
110 backers pledged $29,716 to help bring this project to life.

Progress on the XBox One Prototype

Posted by Techjango (Creator)
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Hey everybody!  

        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.

Guts of the Xbox One laptop laid out - ready to go in the casing
Guts of the Xbox One laptop laid out - ready to go in the casing

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. 

18.4" Full HD Display
18.4" Full HD Display

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.  

Rugged Laptop Casing
Rugged Laptop 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.

All Aluminum, Matte Black Casing
All Aluminum, Matte Black 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!  

Thanks!  

Team Techjango

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    1. Ireney Berezniak on

      I should also add that a guy by the name of Ed Zarick has developed a competing product in two months time!

      http://www.edsjunk.net/wordpress/…

    2. Ireney Berezniak on

      Another update would be welcome, guys ... it's been almost 3 months since this one has been posted.

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      Moises De Jesus on

      Some of the issues and lack of features I've encountered with my Xbox 360 DarkMatter. Hopefully the Xbox One transcends them:

      1) (Feature) The ability to play without it needing to be plugged in? (Personally I will be waiting until you figure this one out)

      2) (Design Issue) The Xbox 360 DarkMatter, when playing with the screen tilted forward at a 15-20 degree angle. It will just drop and close off the screen. The hinge, that holds the screen in place is not strong enough to hold it open at such degrees.

      3) (Design Issue) Not a big issue, but when I play with my Xbox 360 DarkMatter connected to my TV. I must keep the screen open or the fans overheat and automatically shut down the system if you play with your screen closed. (Again not a big issue, but thought I'd mention it)

      4) (Feature) Warranty or Insurance? I know you guys are not a big company. That said, the $1000.00 price I paid for my unit has me nervous as hell sometimes to lug it around. I would not mind paying an extra fee/price or whatever you want to call it to secure me some kind of warranty.

      5) (Design Issue) Not a big one either, but still, I thought I'd mention it. My Xbox 360 DarkMatter volume buttons are built wrong. The volume arrow pointing left, increases the volume, instead of decreasing it and vice versa. Still confuses me sometimes after not playing it for awhile.

      6) (Design Issue) Also not a big one but still thought I'd bring it up. The volume display *graphic* does not show up when I am lowering or raising my volume. I would have to guess at what decibel the volume is at.

      7) (Feature) Heavy, this thing is heavy! Have you guys figured out how to replace some of the components with others that are more lighter/smaller?

      Overall, the unit I have is solid and these things I am bringing up should not deter ANYONE from picking up a Xbox 360 DarkMatter.

      This thing has been a joy in my world. And brings a huge wow factor to those whom see it for the first time. TechJango for a small indie company has done great. I am proud of them.

    4. Charli Dean on

      Hi guys. Any progress on this front? Seems like I've been waiting forever for the xbox one plans :)

    5. Leigh Holland on

      Love this, i think this could be big!