Engineer Builds the World's Largest Working Xbox Series X Console
In a kind-hearted act of incredible engineering, creator Michael Pick has built the World's Largest Working Xbox.
Sleek, minimalist, and of course, high tech. The Xbox Series X|S consoles are some of the most advanced gaming tech to come out of Xbox. With improved performance, high-tier graphics, and a slew of exclusive games, the consoles remain widely popular even two years after release.
With its popularity, it’s no wonder then that gaming enthusiasts have taken to finding new ways to define the console. Engineer Michael Pick supersized the Xbox Series X, creating a machine that stands at an impressive 2+ meters tall.
Though, this isn’t the first time a massive Xbox has hit the internet. Just over a year ago, Microsoft had unveiled their own version of a giant console; though, rather than being a working gaming machine, it was merely a fridge designed to mimic the Xbox Series X|S consoles. While not fully functional as a console, the image of a mega-Xbox inspired a never-before-done project.
INSIDE THE WORLD’S LARGEST WORKING XBOX
Engineer Michael Pick tackled the challenge of building a more accurate, even grander replica of the Xbox Series X console. From crafting its frame to engineering working buttons, his project resulted in a console that is around 600% larger than its original – making it the World’s Largest Working Xbox.
Standing over 2 meters tall, 1 meter wide, and roughly 113kg, Pick’s Xbox is a true sight to behold. Being 600% larger than the original, this replica is actually a Guinness World Record Holder for Largest Xbox ever built.
First crafting a sturdy frame out of wood, Pick strived for true accuracy in every aspect of the project. The top of the fake console, a grid of circles that glow from in-laid LEDs, curves gently inward, mimicking the exact silhouette of the original. That shape itself took roughly two weeks to perfect, all for the sake of being as close to the real console as possible.
Pick then went on to design 3D-printed USB ports – of course, several times their original size – for the back of the giant frame. These, combined with custom lettering and vents, make the project a near 1:1 copy. Additionally, Pick designed the giant Xbox so that all of its buttons were actually functional. Pressing the Xbox logo turns on a collection of LEDs, shining bright green just as the original would.
But what’s inside the actual frame? Taking a peek behind its wooden panels, you’ll see a regular Xbox console covered in small motors and wires. Manipulating cables and Arduino hardware, Pick actually created a system that makes the giant replica fully functional. Pressing buttons on the supersized console sends a signal to an Arduino unit, which in turn instructs the motors on the regular Xbox to press the corresponding buttons.
After a custom paint job from the artists at ZHC, the console now resides at the YMCA Youth and Teen Center in Atlanta, GA. You can watch Pick’s full video below: