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Ok so.
In the past game consoles were really specialized purpose built hardware, right

But now-a-days, the Nintendo Switch is just a Nvidia ARM board. And the Xbox One is just a stright up AMD x86 machine.

My question is about this!
Would it be possible to somehow buy the exact same hardware as the Xbox One has on it, and just install a normal X86 operating system and use it as a PC?
Not a retail unit, but like you build it with the same hardware yourself

Basically it'd be the same hardware but with a different bios?
Is this something you can do? can you just buy it? Does Linux kernel have support for the hardware?

Same thing with the Switch, you'd just have to throw Debian for Arm on there or something

IS THIS POSSIBLE

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@ocean The hardware while no longer specialised is still custom. So generally, you cannot buy it off-the-shelf. However yeah it's often possible to run general purpose software on there. Might have to recompile. As esheep said people put Linux on the switch


Not a dumb question btw :blobcat:

@aetios Yee yee, it's possible to do that on Xbox One with dev mode and possible to hack the switch but I mean like
Never hacking it or getting a dev account, but instead buying the hardware and building a PC, never getting a retail unit

But yee

@aetios Since they are both SOCs I guess the Motherboards limit them as to what you can do without some serious messing around

@ocean Oh yeah in that case the architecture is generalised, but the hardware is still specialised. It's not a discrete GPU and CPU, and they are made as custom dies to increase performance, because all hardware parameters are known (in theory :blobcatgiggle: ). That means regular people cannot buy this hardware separately.

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@ocean i'm not sure but i expect while some of the chips are common much of the board is still custom. might be able to build an approximation.

@crlf Yee yee I want a PC with the exact same specs as my Xbox just for the memes

@ocean @crlf other way round: gut an Xbox series X, build a small form factor pc in it. call them the twin towers :awesome:
@ocean its the soc the xbox uses on a motherboard

@NHG This is basically exactly what I was looking for when I posted this thank u

@ocean be aware tho, i heard these things have weird and sometimes buggy bios/uefi :)

@NHG Imagine
If you built it inside an on Xbox case too

@ocean i actually just watched i video where some dude wanted to do exactly that :) i'll see if i can find it again

@NHG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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@ocean yes! And people put together Xbox ones using data stolen from Microsoft

@partridge Yeah the reason I posted this was because I saw that and thought "I'd like to build an Xbox One PC"

@partridge Kinda like the inverse of what those guys did

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@ocean development kits* rather

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@ocean yes it is! after all, people have been putting Linux on all sorts of devices and consoles, like the PS2 and PS3 :3

@luna Yeah! Not for the retail units though! I mean like buying the hardware and building a PC out of it and never buying a retail console!

@ocean it's the same hardware, so, there's nothing stopping it from not working!

depending on what you're buying, installing firmware (i.e. a BIOS), might be the trickiest part, but I'm fairly confident there are solutions for all sorts of devices out there. After all, what good is a chip you can't use?

@luna Yeah you are 100% right
I can build a PC but this is probably over my level
Still I want an Xbox PC!

@ocean I think it would be a cool thing to do. I wanna potentially hack my Switch when new exploits come out

@ocean everyone else’s answered the xbox thing already but the Switch is just one of these with slightly higher specs. literally the same hardware. It’s how they jailbroke the switch the first time, it had the nvidia boot-into-debug-mode thing turned on

@flussence Yee yee, it's actually pretty exciting that this is a thing now

If I had more money and more time, I'd love to build an Xbox PC lol

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