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Why choose a team when you can go for the Big O?

posted Friday Jul 26, 2019 by Scott Ertz

The biggest decision of every videogame console generation is which platform to choose? Do you go with the whimsey of Nintendo, the general use of Xbox, or the exclusive games of PlayStation? Fortunately, custom PC builder Origin has made it so that you could theoretically skip the choice with the Big O gaming rig. This beast includes a full gaming PC, an Xbox One X, a PlayStation 4, and a Nintendo Switch.

The Xbox and PlayStation implementations are special, as they actually conform to the consoles' original but abandoned specs, with no optical drives. To compensate, Origin added 2TB SSDs to each console. In addition to opening up the hardware, they also liquid-cooled both consoles within the case. The Switch works very differently since the hardware works very differently. Rather than opening up the console, losing the portability, the standard docking station is what is built into the box.

As for the gaming PC, it is a real beast. It features an Intel Core i9-9900K processor, an NVIDIA TITAN RTX graphics card, 64GB of RAM, 2 Samsung 2TB SSDs, plus a 14TB Seagate hard drive. Of course, the PC also features the same liquid cooling treatment that the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro received. More than the other two, this aspect of the build is definitely in need of liquid cooling.

If you're excited to crack open your wallet and get one for yourself, there's some bad news. This build was done as a celebration of the company's 10th anniversary and not as a sellable product. It's not terribly surprising, considering the legal challenges from Microsoft and Sony regarding the consoles being opened, plus the immense cost of integrating all of these unrelated pieces of hardware together. If you want something similar, you're going to have to build it yourself.

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