Custom Xbox One Build Guide

Custom Xbox One

There is something wonderful about taking something standard and generic and making it your own. Whether it is adding aftermarket wheels to your car or custom graphics on your laptop, customisation of anything can be an incredibly rewarding process. If you are one of the many people that are members of our Xbox One UK group you will have seen the pictures that were recently shared by  Michael van Leeuwen of Console Freakz showing off of his very impressive custom Xbox One build. We were so impressed that we asked him to spill the beans on how he did it and thankfully he was kind enough to oblige.

Now, it’s worth us mentioning here that we are not suggesting you mess with your console, particularly if it happens to be in warranty. This information is being provided purely for the purpose of explanation as to how Michael achieved the results you see here. If you choose to cut up your console Xbox One UK can in no way be held responsible for the outcome! If you want to know more about how Michael builds his custom consoles, visit his Facebook page and mention we sent you his way.

Here’s how Michael completed the build in his own words.

Things You’ll need:

-White tape
-Drill (depending on how big corners you want)
-Hand Saw (Fine blade to cut next to the line, or a dremmel)
-File to make edges smooth and make your lines straigth
-Sand paper 100 and sand paper 400+
-Hot Glue or industrial Glue
-Solder machine
-Electrical Solder Tin
-Electrical tape
-Torq screwdriver 10 and 8

First of all, I opened my Xbox. unscrewed my metal case top and removed all the screws, disassembled the wifi adapter and the turn off the sound speaker.

I removed the front side of the top side and applied tape to the top of the Xbox case to draw my hole for the plexiglass. I used a pencil to mark my hole, my plexiglass was 12cm x 18cm so I made a hole 10cm x 16cm because I needed some space to glue the plexiglass to mXboxox.

After I had drawn my hole I started drilling out the corners, I stayed a little bit off the line to work on later with a file and sandpaper. After I had made 4 circles I grabbed my hand saw and cut the hole I made with the drill to the other hole. staying a bit off the line as well.

When I finally had the hole made for my plexiglass I grabbed a file to make sure the lines that I cut were straight and worked all the way untill I touched the line I had marked previously. Then I grabbed my sand paper and started doing the corners.

When I was happy with the way everything was I grabbed my sandpaper 400+ to make it smooth and finished. I then turned the case upside down and then removed some of the clips of plastic and parts where my plexiglass would fit. I cut the sides next to my hole and pulled them off. When I had made enough of room for my plexiglass to fit I then used sand paper to make it clean so my plexiglass would be glued onto a straight surface. I used industrial glue but hot glue will do just fine. I kept 1cm spare room on each side of my plexiglass to have enough space to glue.
When my plexiglass was placed I let it dry and started putting my LED’s in. I unscrewed all the hardware from the motherboard and removed the bottom plate from my motherboard. I then grabbed my LED’s and cut the power from it because the LED’s I was using are supposed to be plugged in. When i cut my power supply I had 2 cables left. a power and a ground cable, (this is European fitment – in the UK you would have an earth wire spare also).

I flipped my motherboard upside down and looked for the power input and soldered my power cable to the power point and the ground cable to the ground point of the motherboard. When I had them soldered I isolated them with electrical tape and plugged the power into the power input of the Xbox.

I tested if my LED’s would work by turning the Xbox on by my controller after I’ve seen that they worked I placed my motherboard back in place and tested them again.

They worked again so I started to put my LED’s into my Xbox. after I was happy with how they were positioned.

I placed all my hardware back into place, taped my print plate of my LED’s to a side where they won’t be visible and tested it again. As everything worked correctly I made my wifi adapter hole a little bigger to make it fit with the screws that hold my cd drive, because I removed the metal case the wifi adapter and the speaker had no place to stay. the wifi adapter is placed with a screw from my cd drive and I removed the plastic from my speaker, the speaker itself is magnetic and I put it on top of my cd drive.

When everything was put into place I closed my Xbox and finished everything up, cleaned the whole console and my plexiglass.  Finally, I plugged everything back in and turned the LED’s on. Happy Days!

Here is the final result in all its glory!
Finished in Blue…..
…and Green.
Just in case you missed it above, this information is being provided purely for the purpose of explanation as to how Michael achieved the results you see here. If you choose to cut up your console Xbox One UK is in no way responsible for the outcome!
What do you think of Michaels results? Do you have your own custom console? As always, comment below!
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