There’s a long-standing, good-natured feud between the different gaming factions on the internet. The console people bicker over who has the best exclusives, but all of them can unite against the PC gamers. A new project from custom PC builder Origin could bring everyone together in awe — the Big O has all three current-gen consoles and a gaming PC in a single box. You can’t buy it, but it really is a thing to behold.
Origin says it built the Big O to celebrate 10 years in business. When it launched, the company created another custom Big O machine that featured a gaming PC and an Xbox 360. The new iteration took a lot of prototyping and chassis modification, but it works.
The first step was figuring out if all the components would even fit. There is an almost endless assortment of custom PC components, but the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro are immutable — if they don’t fit in the case, the project isn’t happening. Origin liberated the Xbox and Playstation from their original cases, and lovingly integrated the guts in its custom full-tower Genesis chassis. To keep the consoles cool in the confined space, Origin turned to a hard-line liquid cooling setup from Cryogenic. The only major drawback to putting the consoles inside the case like this is that the optical drives had to go. That means the PS4 and Xbox are digital-only. That’s the way things are going anyway.
The Nintendo Switch was probably the easiest part of the build. That console is a hybrid — capable of handheld and big screen gameplay. It wouldn’t do to take it out of the case and limit its usefulness. So, there’s a slot on the front of the Genesis case for the Switch. Inside, Origin built a Switch dock from the original OEM dock. So, you can slot in the Switch and play on a monitor or remove it and play handheld.
The gaming PC is on the opposite side of the case from the PS4 and Xbox. It too has a custom water cooler and the specs are, of course, bleeding edge. There’s an Intel Core i9, 64GB of RAM, 4TB of SSD storage, a 14TB of hard drive, a 1000W PSU, and an Nvidia Titan RTX. Oh, and custom RGB lighting. Origin even had room for a few extras including an Ethernet switch, individual USB 3.0 ports for each console, and 2TB SSDs for both the Xbox and PS4.
The Big O is, sadly, just a promotional project. You can’t buy this rig, and it’d be prohibitively expensive even if Origin offered them. You’re better off stacking your consoles on top of a PC.