Xbox One S is the latest gaming console from Microsoft; the new console is a sleeker, faster version of Xbox One. Microsoft does not offer portable gaming consoles like Nintendo’s 3DS and Sony’s PlayStation Vita. Xbox devices are meant to be setup in your living room connected to your TV. Well, Edward Zarick does not think so and he has converted Xbox One S into a portable “laptop” — Xbook One S. Speaking strictly in terms of how we define a laptop, Xbook One S does not fit the bill here.
What is Xbook One S?
Xbook One S is the follow-up modification project of Xbox One S after Edward has done a similar kind of work on the original Xbox One converting it into Xbook One. For the original Xbook One, he used a 22” Vizio screen and a 3D printed case which holds the Xbox One.
This time, however, a 19” Samsung screen is used with Xbox One S to create Xbook One S, due to its reduced size as compared to Xbox One. Another difference with the Original Xbook One is that the while the 22” screen used with the Xbox One was a Full HD display, the 19” screen used on Xbook One S comes with only 720p resolution.
Xbook One S wins points for being slimmer and smaller in size thanks to the reduced waistline of Xbox One S. Even though the device has shed a lot of weight and thickness, it cannot simply be put into a backpack and carried away. It is more like a briefcase which can be used to play games on the move, to carry a game console connected to a screen is easier than hauling the console and 22” TV screen. Although the Xbook One S provides the ability to take your games on the move, to use it you still need a power outlet. Check out Edward’s video for demonstration of the device.
Design, Built, and Hardware
The Xbook One S is basically a Xbox One S placed inside a case attached to a screen, which gives the ability to carry the gaming console and have gaming experience on the move.
The case of Xbook One S is made of 3D printed parts and laser-cut acrylic which though sturdy are not rugged. The case has two speakers on the front pointing towards the user directly and they are pretty loud. On the top left of the speaker there is a joystick which can be used to adjust volume, gives menu control and turn on-off the LCD. Next up is the Xbox Bluray drive; you can connect the Xbook One S to external TV and watch the video in 4K.
There are three buttons: disk eject, power, and controller sync for Xbox placed inside the case. To start and play the game, just connect the device to a power outlet and push the power button. As already stated the device requires a continuous power supply and cannot be run on batteries, due to huge power consumptions by the components. Edward states that decision to not include the battery in the Xbook One S was made as it would make the whole system heavy without providing enough game time. Plus batteries added will add to the already hefty weight and size of the Xbook One S. On the back side of the device are the ports and air vents, there are two USB ports, IR Blaster, Optical Audio Out, Ethernet, Power in, HDMI In and HDMI Out (4k).
Pricing, Availability, and Shipping
Interested in getting the Xbook One S, you can get yourself one by placing an order at Edward’s website.
The Xbook One S 500GB variant is priced at $1,495, while the 1TB version will set you back $1,545. Shipping charges $150 for the US is additional. If any user sends their own Xbox One S then the price of creating a Xbook One S out of that would be $1,195. International users if interested in getting them a Xbook One S may first need to check with Edward regarding the shipping charges. There is one thing to note, as this modification is in no way authorized by Microsoft or Xbox you do not get the warranty for your customized gaming console.
The idea of a portable gaming laptop is really nice and carrying your Xbox in a case attached to a screen gives the freedom to enjoy your gaming anywhere provided you have access to external power. And that is the biggest point which I can think of against this idea, other than the warranty being void due to modification. There are gaming laptops out there which are powerful and are not constrained by the ‘no battery’ and extra bulk unlike Xbook One S does, so you may want to check those out as well. But if you have money to spend then Xbook One S is something which can be owned just for the sake of owing it.