It’s not everyday you come across a mod that’s 100% badass, but Will Urbina’s recent OS Xbox Pro mod definitely fits the bill. Urbina is a 24 year-old aspiring video editor from San Fran who, surprisingly enough, isn’t a Mac fan. Nevertheless, because employers want to see some Final Cut experience, Urbina realized he better get a Mac up and running. But instead of shelling out $4500 for a Mac Pro, Urbina was able to mod an old Xbox 360 case with relatively comparable specs for only $1500. The result? The OS Xbox Pro.
The specs on the finished machine include a 2.93Ghz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550S processor along with a NVIDIA Geforce 9800 GT graphics card. It also comes with 8GB of RAM, a 16GB solid state drive, and four traditional hard drives – one for Windows 7, one for Snow Leopard, and two 500GB 7,200 RPM drives for video editing. And in case you’re wondering, Urbina used an EFI-X dongle that allows him to boot up into a number of operating systems, including OS X. Check out a video montage of the mod process below.
We reached out to Urbina with a few questions, and one of the cooler things about the OS Xbox mod is that he’s actually using it to get some Final Cut experience under his belt. We often see a lot of impressive looking mods that aren’t really practical to use, so actually deriving some utility from an already kickass design just makes the OS Xbox all the more impressive. As for the actual process, Urbina noted that the entire project was completed over the course of 2 months, and he estimates that he spent about 35-40 hours on the mod from start to finish.
A view from the back:
Birds eye view…