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Play anything from NES to Xbox with the Skittlespider A.T.S aka "The Contraption"

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This Instructable is for the Skittlespider A.T.S (All Together System) also known as "The Contraption"

This project turned out to be harder than I expected. In a few ways it was easier too, so I can't say it was an overall hard or easy project. The difficulty varies between the steps. I thought it was a lot of fun. I've still got some finishing touches to do, but I think this is good for now.

Basically I took an old broken computer monitor and cleaned out everything. I kept the empty shell and put an LCD TV in the front. Behind that is a Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Gamecube, Playstation, and an Xbox. All cleverly disguised as a standard CRT monitor. (Unless you see it from the sides, or get in close)

This All-in-one system takes up much less space and surprises the heck out of people when they figure out what it is!

Here are the supplies that I used to make this:
-Old Monitor
-Nintendo Entertainment System
-Super Nintendo
-Nintendo 64
-Gamecube
-Playstation
-Xbox
-LCD TV
-Video Switcher
-A wide assortment of screwdrivers
(standard flat-head and Phillips, a precision set, a TORX star screwdriver, a tri-wing screwdriver for those Nintendo screws, and a set of Nintendo bolt screwdrivers)
-A dremel with cutting bits and plenty of cutting wheels
(They get stuck in the plastic and break often, because the plastic melts as you cut.)
-A jigsaw
-Plenty of hot glue and epoxy
-lots of screws and standoffs
(I used some meant for computers, so all the screws are the same type and size)
-A little bit of Energon and a lot of luck
(Sorry, but I was watching a lot of Transformers while making this)

These instructions are not exactly in the order that I made this. I did this project sporatically and when I had time, so I did different steps all at once. In order to make this more coherent, I simplified the steps to make it easier to follow. (Feel free to improvise and expand upon my methods) Also some of the pictures for each step are of the finished setup, because I didn't take enough pictures while making this. So if you see things suddenly plugged in, that is why.

Also, just to warn you, most of these steps contain similar information, because I did pretty much the same thing every step. Many times the beginning and end of a step are almost exactly the same. However I put the information there just in case some people skip steps. This way they are still getting the information.

One of my biggest inspirations for this is the infamous Yoshi Boxx from the old Tech Tv. After seeing that I knew I wanted to try something similar someday. Many thanks to Ben-Heck who was also an inspiration to me to try something like this. Looking through his site gave me a lot of ideas. Even though everyone is making systems portable these days, I thought I would go the other direction. Also thanks to Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft for supplying the hardware that made this possible.

Also, for those interested in making one of these, here is a cost estimate for the project:

Total cost - $400-450
(If you had to buy everything. If I had just made this with my existing systems, it would have been about $300. Or the cost of the TV and the building supplies. If you don't have the tools used, they will need to be factored in too.)

Parts:
Monitor - Free (You could probably call some local companies and see if they have any broken/unwanted monitors.)
LCD TV - $200-250
NES - $21
SNES - $26
N64 - $25
PS1 - $25
Gamecube - $26
Xbox - I used my own, but probably about the same as the other consoles.
Video switch - $5
Epoxy - about $10
Hot glue - about $5
Latches - $12
Extension cord - $10-15

I actually owned a copy of each system I used in this project, but I bought one of each (Except the Xbox) on Ebay to use. That way I didn't destroy the systems that I knew and loved. Also most were owned by my family and not just me. Just remember, the key to Ebay shopping is patience. You set a goal for what you are willing to pay and wait for an auction that meets that goal.

**Update 9/25/09**
Thank you very much Instructables! I finally have myself a featured tutorial. Hopefully it will not be my last, because I've got a few things planned for the near future (if I can find the time).
 
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sonic60121 year ago
I want a PS1 Lcd screen and case.
jackatronix4 years ago
so do you basically just need to get a computer, empty out all of the technology and put a load of consoles inside it
if  u do can you tell me how to make one that just holds a playstation one, a playstation 2 and an xbox 360
i would reeeeaally appreciate it if you could tell or show me that
skittlespider (author)  jackatronix4 years ago
The method I used for the steps in this project should apply universally to any console.  The PS1 and PS2 are very similar on the inside, so that will help.

Follow these basic step and you should be able to do anything you want:

1.  Carefully take apart the console.
2.  Make sure to keep all the important parts.
3.  Plug everything in and make sure it works without the case.
4.  Put it into the new case.

You will need the following tools:
- An assortment of screwdrivers
- A dremel or other high speed cutter

Fitting them all into the new case requires finesse and patience, but is not too difficult.  You can view the steps of this instructable for references.

(Note:  I haven't ever taken apart a 360, but I imagine it is not too difficult.)
Hey can you just use a couple of systems like a Xbox 360 SNES and a Nintendo 64?
skittlespider (author)  dknutson13 years ago
Yes, that would work. Really with a project like this it is up to you how many systems get put inside.
 i think uv got way 2 much time
are you just a troll account? seriously, I've seen you on like a hundred Instructables.
skittlespider (author)  zexy beazt4 years ago
Actually, it normally feels like I don't have enough time.
tinker2343 years ago
wow a exstein cord like a dual plug in the case for a central plug wow great project hey is it 4 58 ohh
skittlespider (author)  tinker2343 years ago
I'm not sure, what do you mean by "4 58 ohh"?

Sorry, I actually don't know a lot about electronics. I just have a knack for tinkering.
sorry realized the time and fell asleep
skittlespider (author)  tinker2343 years ago
Oh, ok. It makes sense now.

I thought you meant ohms or some other term like that.
tinker2343 years ago
wow hey thought could i wire it up for a central drive for xbox playstein game cube and have 2 on top for otheres also could i add a xbox 360 i do know pepole sell them now really cheap with ring of death and i know how to fix them so yaha this is cool
skittlespider (author)  tinker2343 years ago
That sounds like a good idea to me. I'm not sure, but that might actually work. If you can get a cheap 360, try it out.
well on ebay and craiglist bunch o xbox 360s with ring of death i can fix it
Nicoliden4 years ago
Omg it spins outside of the tv?! What a sweet idea!! Dangerous but Wicked.
Did you say...
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Lol.
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skittlespider (author)  Nicoliden4 years ago
Yeah, that idea turned out harder than I had thought it would be, but I like it. This is much easier than trying to include the big closing lid mechanism.
mechaninja3 years ago
Someone should make a "PlayStation Plus", a system that plays PS1,PS2,and PS3, maybe even PSX just for the heck of it.
skittlespider (author)  mechaninja3 years ago
Sounds like a useful system to me!
hey, do you know if it would be possible to play Wii, XBox, and all Playstations with one disc drive? Because they all have different colers/coatings on the read side.
skittlespider (author)  mechaninja3 years ago
I don't know. That's quite a bit above my technical knowledge, but in theory it could work. Because CDs and DVDs are different formats, but a DVD player can play CDs.

Who knows, maybe someone could get something like that to work. That would be awesome and save a lot of space for combination systems like this one.
Maybe if you used a computer disc drive you could get through the PS1's black shield. I know from past experience (before my disc drive stopped burning discs) that you can burn PS1 discs onto DVD-R discs through your computer and still play them on a PS1.

If anyone else has some ideas/comments, please shout out!
You cant play all game disks on difrrent systems because the Ps3 is bluray and all of it disks are too and Xbox and Ps disk ar probably codded difrently
well, you catch my drift.
Another thing: A good improvement/addition to your A.T.S would be to use the door from the PS2 Slim or the slide from the PS2 Phat instead of having a bare PS1 drive on the top. (Not trying to be critical, just saying that it would look cool to do that.)
sayian4 years ago
Nice concept, but price a bit high heh.
just go to a friend who has PS1 games, borrow one, then use your computer's CD ROM drive to burn the game to a DVD-R (It works about 75% of the time, and it can ruin a disc if you copy a certain one too much, i recommend making a master from a high-quality DVD-R then making copies on cheap ones)
I'm not sure, but I think the PS1 can't read DVDs, only CDs...

The most common PS1 backup playing method I've heard of was to put it in the drive, run it, then swap it with a backup before the BIOS screen goes away...

It's a hit-and-miss thing, though... And my directions are extremely vague, so you'll have to look it up for yourself...
oh well. same-ish thing.
skittlespider (author)  Tomcat943 years ago
Yeah, the good old disc-swap technique. I used to use that to play Japanese games on my American PS1.

And yes, it is a hit-and-miss thing. There were times when I got so tired of trying that once the game was working, I no longer wanted to play it. Later on I figured out how to do the disc-swap a little bit easier. I bet I have forgotten the timing now...
sayian sayian4 years ago
how do you even load the games? open the back? lol
 i dont no
skittlespider (author)  zexy beazt4 years ago
That brings up a good point.  I never did take pictures of me actually using this.  The games load into slots that I cut on the sides and top of the monitor shell.

Here is the layout:
NES - Top Left
SNES - Top Middle
N64 - Right Side
PS1 - Right Side
Gamecube - Right Side
Xbox - Left Side

The right side seems a little crowded, but the Xbox components take up a lot of room on the inside of the left side.
zack2473 years ago
he skittlespider, could you try to get some pics of the xbox power cable if you can? (the internal connection to the mainboard) im building a small form factor pc and mini itx psu's are so expensive...
skittlespider (author)  zack2473 years ago
I think the best picture you are going to get is in step 7 of this instructable. It is the last picture. Sorry, but that part is pretty firmly attached because i didn't want it coming loose. I don't think I could take a better picture than the one I have already.
ok thanks. but im gonna have to find a new motherboard and hard drive first, they both stopped working when the previous power supply blew up.
skittlespider (author)  zack2473 years ago
Well, good luck with that project. Hopefully the next power supply won't blow up!
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