Xbox-intosh & an Atom-based Cube

Though [Will] is more of a PC guy, he needed a Mac to run the software he needed for his line of work (Final Cut). Making the best of an unfortunate situation, he constructed this hackintosh inside the case of Microsoft’s original gaming console – the Xbox. [Will] did a good job at documenting the build.

[Paul], who seems a bit more fond of Apple’s technology, still felt as though his hardware could use an overhaul. So he gutted his G4 Cube and dropped in an Intel Atom 330 based system to get his ultimate HTPC. To make controlling the 1 TB beast more fun, he hooked up a Wiimote through DarwiinRemote.


  1. DeadNixons says:

    “This left me with the distasteful choice of either setting foot in an Apple store or spending the next couple of months laboring in my garage, with the potential for serious injury. I of course took the easy way out…”

    This man is my hero.

  2. supershwa says:

    @DeadNixons – save yourself some time, cash and an Xbox. Use VMWare to run a virtual Mac partition on your PC.

  3. RoboGuy says:


    VMWare is NOT A HACK!

    The “Hackintosh,” however, is.

  4. rex dart says:

    Wow, inside the case of Microsoft’s original gaming console – the MSX? Looks like an xbox, their third console.

  5. MS3FGX says:

    Paul’s build was very impressive. A lot of hardware packed into such a small space. Though personally I would have put a small SSD in the Cube and streamed content from a larger server (with redundancy) elsewhere in the network. I don’t get the logic in putting all of your content on a single drive crammed into a hot and difficult to maintain device like a HTPC, but it seems like that’s what everyone is doing now.

    I’m also going to assume he went with OSX just for the fact the machine was built into a G4 case. In terms of HTPC usability, it seems like it would have been much easier to put the x86 build of XBMC on it instead of going the Hackintosh route.

    Not sure I get the idea behind Will’s build though. Seems like he could have just as easily built the thing into a regular PC case, as it doesn’t seem like there was any reason for it to be so small if it wasn’t going to be a HTPC. Also seems like a waste of an Xbox development kit, though I don’t personally know what sort of value they have on the open market.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wow he used an original deve kit for the xbox.

  7. aztraph says:

    mad fab skills 10 out of 10
    disguising a computer as a gaming system 8 out of 10
    the need to do it, i can’t answer that one, i don’t know him. I doubt i would ever know the need to do that, i have plenty of spare cases i can sacrifice to the modding gods. still a good hack

  8. mordak says:

    That’s one wicked mod. The final product is excellent.

  9. scoobyroo says:

    It looks like he did a great job, but it made me sick to see him destroy a development console to do it while there are thousands of normal consoles or shells out there.

  10. Tatsh says:

    Not liking it. Would’ve been cool to stuff this into a 360 (WITH GOOD COOLING FOR ONCE), which is what I thought it would be based upon the title.

  11. greeny says:


    Seriously, stop with the Xbox original hating. Every time there’s an amazing Xbox mod like this there’s people who say it sucks “because it’s not a 360 and I thought it would be”. Give the guy some credit, he turned an Xbox into a Hackintoshed PC. Thats pretty amazing.

  12. DeadNixons says:

    @supershwa – Saving time, money, and a dev kit xbox is not the point here. The point is the process. This guy obviously has talent, with skillz in the shop and video production. Any monkey can install VMWare on their machine, but this guy took it to another level.

    If the man’s still looking for a job, this production just might be the edge over other lackluster candidates that gets him hired.

  13. Nitori says:

    The Xbox was pretty cool but the cube I certainly can do better.
    Even some of the G4 upgrades are faster then the Atom 330.
    But if I had a dead G4 cube and wanted to go with an atom based board for a hackintosh I certainly would not use the 945GCLF2 and instead would use the much superior ASUS AT3N7A-I.

  14. robogearhead says:

    he had to use the dev kit versus the traditional original Xbox. The dev kit is taller, and he used all the available volume…

  15. 2econd_draft says:

    I’d kill for a garage like the one in Will’s video.

  16. Will (the other one) says:

    Slick work on the Xbox. My only worry is the heat management — even with the open grid on the sides, there’s not a lot of room for air circulation.

    The video was really well done, too. His taste in music sucks, but the video speaks volumes about his production skills.

  17. sly says:

    the guy has wicked mod skills on that xbox. that’s some awesome finished product there.

    as for the ITX mobo suggestions for the HTPC (well done as well… few bugs to work out of the touch switch though), the intel little falls 2 is almost half the price of everything else out there. I would suggest to anyone using it, to replace the stock heatsink with a custom HSF. My NES-PC ( uses that intel board and it works fine (after putting on the custom HSF). I would have liked to use one of the other ITX boards out there to take advantage of dual channel ram, among other things, but those boards would have added another $100-200 to the price of the build. And when you’re going for a cheap build, that’s not helpful.

  18. Jim Foster says:

    Nice hack… Not sure why everyone thinks it should be in a xbox 360, but whatever. Kind of a slap to Apple to make it in a Microsoft product. Which I think is awesome.

  19. JP Armstrong says:

    View from the sidelines: Credit the effort & thoughtfulness to document and share with the community woe to those who merely post negative commentary. Constructive critiques add value, rationale or coulda/shoulda/woulda of mods seems off the mark. dos centavos

  20. darksim905 says:

    Since it is an original xbox, there is not much value in a dev kit. the 360 dev kits can be found on eBay and go for upwards of double, maybe more of a typical console.

  21. Andrew says:

    I like it, though I think the photo that was posted here should be replaced with one of the finished xbox, it’s much more impressive-looking.

  22. Wes says:

    my jaw hit the floor when i saw this

  23. Laser Pup says:

    So, is it just me, or is this basically just a computer in an xbox case that’s been hacked up with Hackint0sh?

  24. best. mod. video. ever.

  25. but the desk he made is horrendous. lol

  26. Mikey says:

    This is horrendous.

    1.) It’s not an xbox-intosh. It’s just a hackintosh in an xbox case. WTF.

    2.) He destroyed a dev console. Albeit an older one; Still those are hard to get a hold of.

    3.) He’s going to digi-hell.

  27. Kevin says:

    “Kind of a slap to Apple to make it in a Microsoft product. Which I think is awesome.”

    Yes, because Apple is the evil one. Not Microsoft.

  28. Tatsh says:

    Hah! Next banned 360 I buy is going to become a 360-intosh (and the 360 parts in a cool case of its own). You wait.

  29. k says:


  30. Alex says:

    EFI-X is pretty useless ,never buy it ,i said never never buy it. Its just a usbpendrive with the chameleon bootloader installed which is free.

  31. Alex says:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 96,401 other followers